Evelyn Cole Smith Architects LLC is a design firm specializing in the study, preservation and adaptive reuse of historic and culturally-significant properties. Principal Architect, Evelyn Cole Smith, is a certified Historic Architect with the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office qualifying as such under the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. Evelyn Cole Smith Architects provides a full range of architectural services from programming and conceptual design through the development of construction documents, provision of bidding assistance, and construction administration. Respecting the environment and designing spaces that enrich and enhance our lives is the main objective of our practice.
Our practice has over 30 years of experience assisting private property owners, institutions and municipalities to assess existing conditions, prioritize goals, and develop maintenance strategies for their historic structures. We conduct conditions assessments and feasibility studies, research funding sources and tax incentives, prepare National Register nominations and grant applications, evaluate site and building conditions, develop plans for restoration and ongoing maintenance, design context-sensitive repairs, upgrades and additions, and provide oversight and quality control during construction and preservation efforts.
Licensed in CT, MA, NY and RI.
Clapp Memorial Library
National Register of Historic Places
Clapp Memorial Library was founded in 1883 by the bequest of John Francis Clapp, a successful Belchertown, MA native. Construction of the massive brownstone structure was completed in 1887. Very little has changed on this structure since its construction. The building displays a grand Richardson Romanesque stone exterior, featuring arched windows and entries, carved decorative roof finials and reliefs, a central tower and two magnificent stained-glass memorial windows that grace the north and south walls of the structure. The interior features soaring ceilings, ornate woodwork, built-in shelving and decorative wood trusses. Nearly all of the original fabric remains intact, having only undergone minor modifications over the years to add modern amenities.
Under the direction of Evelyn Cole Smith, a conditions assessment and capital needs analysis to understand the current condition of the structure and its systems and evaluate the financial outlay needed to make necessary repairs to preserve the structure for continued use, was completed. The assessment also reviewed accessibility accommodation and code compliance issues throughout the building and grounds.
Elmhurst at Springside Park
National Register of Historic Places
Elmhurst, the sprawling mansion on the grounds of Springside Park, a 249-acre park in Pittsfield, MA is an Italianate remodeled home originally constructed in 1856 by Abraham Burbank. Over the years, various owners and occupants of the home renovated the interior to reflect the contemporary aesthetic fashionable at the time.
In December of 2013 Evelyn Cole Smith performed a conditions analysis and prepared a feasibility study for the preservation and adaptive reuse of this significant historic asset. The work involved community outreach and collaboration with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the City of Pittsfield. Subsequent efforts have resulted in the stabilization of the foundation as a precursor to further restoration projects.
Harkness Memorial Park Greenhouse Renovation
National Register of Historic Places
Lyn Smith developed design plans and oversaw the construction to renovate and restore the greenhouses and the stucco-clad masonry potting shed at this park situated on the Long Island Sound shoreline. Lyn served as the architect of record and together with CME Associates, Inc. designed the extension of site utilities and drainage. Harkness Memorial Park is comprised of the mansion house, outbuildings, associated gardens and lawns on over 200 acres of property maintained by CTDEEP.
Cargill Falls Mills Complex
National Register of Historic Places
Located on the Quinebaug River in Putnam, Cargill Falls Mill, as it is known today, is an expansive mill property that reflects the early development, growth and nearly continuous operation of the textile industry in northeastern Connecticut. Fueled by an abundant supply of water power, the site supported a variety of early milling operations and later became the location of Windham County’s first cotton mill. Expanded and modified in the mid-nineteenth century to accommodate the production of woolen goods, the twenty-building complex, with structures dating from 1806, represents more than 180 years of mill architecture. The mill’s prime location, successful entrepreneurship, and access to immigrant populations and rail lines, promoted the development of what was to become the downtown core of Putnam, Connecticut. Evelyn Cole Smith researched and wrote the National Register Nomination for the Cargill Falls Mill property which meets the National Register of Historic Places Criteria A as a property “associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history.”
Elia Kazan House Documentation
National Register of Historic Places
The home of acclaimed actor, stage and movie director, and writer Elia Kazan and his actress wife Molly Day Thatcher in Newtown, CT, 153 acres of woodland, mill pond and residential structures were deeded to the CT DEEP for use as a nature preserve. The declining 1885 farmhouse and mid-century modern studio, pool and tennis courts were slated for removal. Both main residential structures were documented to National Park Service standards for inclusion in the Dodd Research Library at the University of Connecticut.
Scholar Painting specializes in a full line of Historical Restoration services, for both interior and exterior restoration projects.
Knowledge and Experience:
Proulx Building & Remodeling LLC was established by Robert Proulx. Robert Proulx has over 30 years of experience in construction. The company’s goal is to provide excellent customer service, professionalism and quality workmanship which is the key to running a successful business.
Robert employs a team of skilled carpenters, as well as an office staff that have extensive experience in construction and work as a team to make sure all customers are informed in all phases of their project.
Quality and Integrity:
Proulx Building & Remodeling specializes in both residential and commercial projects, ranging from custom homes and business offices to additions, renovations and restorations.
With extensive knowledge and experience, Robert helps simplify the building process, overseeing every stage of planning and construction, from concept to completion. Long before construction begins, he is on the job, looking out for his client’s best interests. Robert strives to bring a sense of reality to the table, ensuring that the proposed project is in keeping with the value of the property. Robert’s mission, at every stage, is to maximize the client’s investment and to offer a finished product that successfully blends style and function.
Efficiency and Dependability:
All building and carpentry services are conducted by the Proulx Building team, reducing the need to subcontract. This ensures that each job proceeds in the most timely and efficient manner possible. Through the years, Robert has also established an extended network of designers, architects, mechanical professionals and landscapers with whom he collaborates on a regular basis.
Communities We Serve:
Based in Stafford Springs, Connecticut we provide service to Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties including, South Windsor, Ellington, Mansfield/Storrs, Somers, Bolton, Willington, Ashford, Enfield, Vernon, Stafford and surrounding areas.
Past work with preservation organizations and historical societies:
Manchester Historical Society, Cheney Mills Machine Shop, University of CT Dairy barn, Bolton Heritage Farm Barn
Tarantino Roofing is an accomplished Licensed Builder who has applied his skills and talents to his Roofing Company successfully for over 30 years, serving the Roofing and Custom Copperwork needs of countless Homeowners and Business owners as well as Churches, Synogogues, and Public buildings in Fairfield County and New Haven County. Pat has personally selected and trained his crew with an emphasis on high quality workmanship. If you are in need of a new roof or chimney repairs, Tarantino Roofing will get the job done right.
Before & After
Before & After
About G.L. Capasso, Inc.:
Recognized throughout the Northeast for our unique approach to masonry restoration, leak detection system and pointing, G.L. Capasso, Inc. has been specializing in building envelope maintenance and rehabilitation for over 30 years.
Our team approach to each project is centered on developing a continuing client relationship while providing state of the art technical solutions to meet our customers' needs. Our strengths are our ability to adapt to a changing industry and our diversified speciality services, which create our ultimate competitive advantage.
Our commitment to Quality, Integrity and Value spans three generations and over 30 years of service. our philosophy at G.L. Capasso, Inc. is to treat our clients fairly and with respect. We are committed to building strong and enduring customer relationships.
At G.L. Capasso, Inc., our mission regarding the design and execution of restoration projects is to address the cause of a problem rather than fixing the effect of it. By providing expert service, highly trained crews, and accurate cost estimates, our consistent goal with each client is to bring their project to completion on time and within budget.
G.L. Capasso, Inc. is a full-service restoration contractor specializing in the architectural and structural repair of facades. We have developed a sound, cost efficient method of exterior building inspections, analysis and repair. Our list of masonry services includes:
Restoring the Past:
Throughout the years, G.L. Capasso, Inc., has had the privilege to work on some of the most high profile structures in New England. Our strict adherence to the highest standards of quality and excellence has created a legacy for G.L. Capasso, Inc. From Amherst College's landmark Stearns Steeple, Greenwich's renowned Whitehead Estate Mansion, and New Haven's Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on East Rock, to Hartford's Memorial Arch and Asylum Hill Congregational Church, as well as Shelton's Historic Plumb Memorial Library, our company has restored thousands of building exteriors to their former glory and protected them against further deterioration.
For a sampling of historic projects completed using the Secretary of the Interior's Standard for Rehabilitation, with references for each project CLICK HERE>>
Loring and Son Masonry Restoration Services, Inc. provides historic masonry restoration services, concrete repairs, structural repairs, and general masonry services. We are licensed installers of many commercial restoration products that are used to repair architectural masonry, including brick, bluestone, cast stone, concrete, granite, limestone, marble, plaster, sandstone, slate and terra cotta.
Speciality areas include: Tuck Pointing (repointing), building cleaning, stucco, caulking, sealing, waterproofing, expansion joints, acid washing, masonry restoration, concrete restoration, masonry repair and concrete repair.
Slate Roofs: The patterns, detailing, and craftsmanship of slate roofs are important design elements of historic buildings, they should be repaired rather than replaced whenever possible. We now offer expert repair of slate roofs as one of our services. Contact us for details.
Gulick & Co. LLC recipients of a 2009 Connecticut Trust Preservation Award for a complete rehabilitation of the 1720 David Field House, are a full-service renovation contractor that specializes in pre-1945 structures. The company provides a broad range of services from residential design to complete renovation to small structural repair. Since 2001, Gulick & Co. LLC have offered attentive service to the client and quality craftsmanship to the project. The firm has shown that through planning and design, older properties can retain their original character while incorporating today’s energy and living standards.
William Gould has more than 44 years of architectural preservation and restoration experience. His company provides architectural planning and analysis, historic design and preservation consulting, dismantling and relocating historic structures as well as most aspects of restoration contracting. His range of experience covers the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries plus architecturally significant 20th century properties. From the woodshop comes all the architectural detail required for all his projects. These included Connecticut's Old State House, properties of the Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Hartford's 350th anniversary replica, plus religious, public, private and institutional structures from Western Connecticut to Eastern Massachusetts.
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Sean O’Kane AIA, Architect P.C. is an architectural firm specializing in custom residential design, new homes, additions, renovations, and historic restoration. The firm, established in 1986, is located on historic Main Street in Ridgefield, CT and has worked on many diverse projects located throughout Connecticut, New York City and State, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Sean O’Kane is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Institute for Classical Architecture, The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and is on the Board of the Ridgefield Historic District Commission. The firm has been working with the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society in Ridgefield since 1983 to help them in their efforts to preserve the rich history of the historic buildings.
The Keeler Tavern Museum Complex, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of the Main Museum building, constructed as a home and tavern in 1713 and later purchased by the architect Cass Gilbert in 1907. Gilbert also built two additional structures on the site, a Garden House and a Carriage Barn, both of which are used as support facilities today. Through the years, our firm has inventoried and provided cyclical inspection reports of the museum structures for planning and implementation of restoration work.
In 2006 The firm oversaw the restoration of the Cass Gilbert Carriage House on the site after extensive rot and insect damage was found. The restored building now is available for active, year-round use for children’s programs, art shows, exhibitions and fundraisers.
In 2011 we produced documents for the preservation and rehabilitation of the classical piazza of the Cass Gilbert designed Garden House. The piazza’s delicately proportioned wood posts, wooden spandrels, scalloped cornice and simple balustrading were all restored to their original beauty.
In 2016 a new wrought iron railing at the raised terrace was designed and constructed with detailing echoing the Garden House rooftop balustrading.
Currently, the firm is working with the Keeler Tavern to integrate the newly acquired Cass Gilbert Jr. Library on the adjacent property into the museum complex as a Visitor Center and administrative building. The brick Library was designed by Cass Gilbert Jr. as a repository for his father’s papers in 1936, two years after his father’s death.
In the course of helping the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society promote Ridgefield’s history and heritage through the proposed projects to expand their education and cultural programs, we have produced documents for fundraising and grants and have attended community functions to promote the museum as an important part of the historic fabric of Ridgefield.
Residential work is also an important part of the firm’s commissions and we have worked on many new and existing homes within Ridgefield’s Historic District. Most recently we worked with the new owners of the former E.P. Dutton home on High Ridge Avenue. Built in the 1890s, the Queen Anne Victorian home with its Porte Cochere and circular stair tower is a very much-revered landmark on the street. The firm oversaw the renovation of the home, which included a family room addition as well as the restoration of many of the original weight and chain windows by Bi-Glass of Connecticut. The same attention to detail is taken while working to fulfill the client’s needs and desires while respecting the past.
Connecticut is a State rich in history and communities that care about maintaining the fabric of where they live. As a firm, Sean O’Kane A.I.A., Architect P.C. is fully committed to preserving this ideal.
Faesy-Smith Architects specialize in historic restorations of 18th century homes and barns. Among other projects, they have extensive experience working with historical organizations such as the Wilton Historical Society for which they oversaw the relocation and restoration of several buildings owned by the historical society including the buildings that comprise the Wilton Historical Society Museum.
Patriquin Architects is an award-winning, full-service architectural design firm based in New Haven, Connecticut. We have a broad range of experience in institutional, commercial and residential projects.
We are committed to developing design solutions that fit in to their surroundings, are aesthetically elegant and environmentally sustainable. Our collaborative process builds consensus among clients, stakeholders, specialized consultants and our construction partners, allowing Patriquin Architects to deliver creative, successful and lasting designs.
We have worked on historic structures for restaurants, multi-family housing, custom residential and mixed-use occupants. We have a good relationship with the State Historic Preservation Office and are very familiar with the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Grand Light, located at 104 Day Street, Seymour, Connecticut, is an experienced restorer of historic lighting fixtures, a manufacturer of custom lighting fixtures, and has served the interior and exterior lighting needs of homeowners and professionals for over 80 years by setting a standard of offering handcrafted, design-oriented, quality fine lighting products from artisans around the world.
Our mission is to continue to differentiate ourselves as the ultimate source for the highest quality lighting products and the very best professional service available. We realize our clients’ complete satisfaction is the most meaningful measurement of our continued success and pride ourselves in providing unparalleled customer satisfaction in all we do.
Our lighting restoration and custom lighting capabilities include research for historic accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal fabrication, polishing, painting, welding, abrasive blasting, refining metal components, glass fabrication, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance to UL standards.
Our team of specialists is comprised of professional metal workers and glass blowers whose mission is to restore, create, or re-create lighting fixtures of the utmost quality and authenticity. Our lighting fixtures are wired in accordance with UL standards, and our team of artisans stands confidently behind their work with years of experience and dedication to quality craftsmanship.
25 years contracting experience in historic rehabilitation. Specializes in flood plain regulations and compliance as well as income tax credit applications for historic rehabilitation. We are also specialists in structural elevation for flood hazard mitigation.
Interior storm window insert dealer for Southern New England.
Indow acrylic window inserts are edged in our patented compression tubing and simply press into the interior of your window frame. They require no mounting hardware or track system that mar historic windows. Each Indow insert is laser- tailored for the perfect fit to preserve the beauty and integrity of historic windows, create comfort, and reduce energy bills.
Indow inserts come in six other grades ranging from UV-blocking Museum Grade to light-diffusing Privacy Grade to room-darkening Sleep Panel.
Indow has received national accolades for its design. It won the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year Award from Portland Business Journal and the Oregon Business Magazine 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon. It won 2014 Green Award from Door & Window Market Magazine and the 2014 Top Product of the Year Award in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards.
Susca Roof Consulting provides technical and quality control services to institutional, residential, commercial, and municipal clients. We specialize in slate, tile, copper, low slope roofing and historical properties.
We enable owners to more effectively control and manage their roof assets to provide the greatest overall value. Susca Roof Consultingis an unbiased source, able to diagnose, evaluate and design roof and rain carrying systems. We assess proposals for suitability and economy of design and scope. Pre-planning and accurate review ensures proper execution, maximizes the long-term life of the roof system and provides the customer with the best use of their resources.
Richard Susca has 28 years of contracting experience with The C.G. Bostwick Company, a Connecticut roofing and sheet metal contractor. As a consultant, Rich relies on more than a century of institutional knowledge handed down to him at Bostwick and the good fortune to have been chosen to personally work on many of Connecticut's historical properties. This invaluable hands-on experience has provided him with a unique combination of knowledge and skills gained through the design and implementation requirements of unique and custom projects as well as the challenge of historical restoration.
Pirie Associates is an award-winning design firm that specializes in merging historic preservation/adaptive re-use with contemporary “green” strategies and brand-driven visioning to bring renewed vitality to historic structures and their communities. We have specific expertise in working with non-profit organizations and navigating the complexities of grant-funded projects. Pirie Associates’ client-centered, integrated approach is the foundation of our creative process. Our environments reflect the unique passions and purpose of each client, support them in the fulfillment of their organizational mission, enhance their brand identity, and are designed with exacting attention to high quality craft and detail. These principles make us uniquely suited to transform underutilized sites and structures into healthy, functioning contributors in their contemporary context. Principal Laura Pirie, AIA has 30 years of experience, and guides her leadership team of 12 years, each of whom brings their backgrounds in visioning, design, construction, historical research and landscape architecture services to every project.
*Pirie Architects won an Award of Merit from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for the Amos Bull House- Butler McCook Carriage House Addition and Renovation in 2014
Building Name/Town: Amos Bull House-Butler McCook Carriage House Addition and Renovation, Hartford CT
Original Construction Date (If known):1788 and 1865
Style: Federal and Italiante
Description of work or materials supplied and date work was completed:
Owned and operated by CT Landmarks, this project included a “Green”, 4-building campus energy design for geothermal systems, including additions to and renovation of National Register Landscape and Buildings; full master-planning, programming and design of restoration, adaptation, renovation and addition to/of the listed structures, including energy performance improvements, full architectural and interior design (including archival storage and display lighting), millwork/cabinetry, and landscape design. The site serves as the headquarters for CT Landmarks, as well as an urban House Museum and Downtown Hartford Park. This project was completed in 2014, and received the 2014 CT AIA Historic Preservation Design Citation Award.
Building Name/ Town: Nathan Hale Homestead Ell Addition and Renovation, Coventry CT
Original Construction Date (If known): series of additions dating from pre-1776 through early 20th century
Style: Colonial Vernacular
Description of work or materials supplied and date work was completed:
Owned and operated by CT Landmarks, the Nathan Hale Homestead project included full master-plan, programming, and design of restoration, adaptation, renovation of the Ell portions of the National Register Museum House for use as Guest Services, Gift Shop, Catering Kitchen and Public Restrooms. The project included energy performance improvements, full architectural and interior design, millwork/cabinetry, and limited landscape design. Our firm uncovered historical phasing that was not previously known by the owner, and as a result PAA helped re-write the narrative shared with site visitors. Visitorship has increased 10 fold since the project’s inception, as it has become a weekly destination and anchor for the regional community. This project was completed in 2012, and received a 2014 CT Trust Preservation Merit Award, a 2014 CBC Design Award, and the CT AIA 2014 People’s Choice and Business Design Awards.
Amodio & Co Real Estate Services
Specialists in Older, Antique and Historic Property Sales.
Vintage and historic homes require special attention . Each one tells a story , and that story appeals to historic property buyers. We believe that telling that story helps to sell your property . Our Vintage Property Marketing Program involves work and marketing efforts not typical of other resale listing programs. Some key aspects of the vintage property program are:
We specialize in antique and historic properties that have unique qualities that set them apart from other properties. When you engage us to list and sell your property , our knowledge of historic, custom and unique properties will help immensely. Your property will have beautiful high-definition photos taken and used with all marketing; we will expose it to our large network of buyers and contacts here in the Connecticut & Massachusetts area along with relocating buyers from all over the world. Our most important job is to represent your goals and we promise to work hard for you . Our love for and experience with vintage properties provides a huge benefit to those who work with us.
We are professional Realtor's with extensive experience in purchasing, selling and restoring antique and vintage properties.
From projects to completed renovations, residential to commercial , West coast to East coast. We appreciate older properties for their uniqueness, architectural style, handiwork of earlier generations and oftentimes their location in the historic center.
With the advances of technology buyers are more able to go where the "perfect old house" beckons them. We understand the call of an old property .
We care about historic properties and their communities and wish to encourage preservation of our nation's residential and commercial history.
If you want to sell or buy a vintage property, we have been involved with the preservation community since 1976. Our passion for vintage properties and the preservation movement assists us to represent you in the sale or purchase of a property with character.
As a long-standing member of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for more than 20 years and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1993, our commitment to community character and preserving our neighborhoods is strong.
We have also completed the Historic Preservation Certification Program given by The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
We have done consulting in restoration and can recommend specialists you might require in helping you to evaluate and restore a particular property.
Our knowledge of architectural styles, land marking of historic properties , and resources for restoration , makes us a good choice for your vintage real estate.
We have a reputation for being friendly , honest , ethical , enthusiastic and motivated, and we bring those qualities into every sale or purchase for our clients. Our community involvement is a testament to our strong belief in giving back.
Wyeth Architects is a full service architectural firm. We provide services, as needed, from the inception of programming and design through construction administrtion. We focus on design and master planning of public, private, educational and civic facilities. Our approach is collaborative and we avoid any preconceived style and explore unique solutions apporpriate to each project. We are problem solvers and enjoy the challenge of forensic work, historic resesarch, and resolving problems with old buildings.
We have a strong appreciation of historical styles and how they evolved and we delight in working within them. We have years of experience and a deep understanding of materials from this region-- wood, stone, plaster, cement-- and the technical knowledge of how they can be used, maintained, and updated. Restoration can be as much about preserving artifacts as it is about saving and enhancing character, mintining splendor, and bringing buildings up to date in an historically sensitive manner so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
At Wyeth Architects, we believe preservation and sustainability work hand-in-hand. Protecting a building connects us to our artistic and cultural history while reusing a building prevents waste of materials and resources. Preserving buildings protects our past and our future.
Examples of Recent Work:
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University/ Hamden, CT
The renovation and adaptation of a 1890s library into a 5,000 square-foot museum which is home to the world's largest collection of art and materials related to the devastating chapter of the mid-19th century, Ireland's Great Hunger. Saving and restoring the building had multiple functions and challenges. Foundations were reworked to be compatible with new floor and structural systems that made it possible to legally use both floors without destroying the character of the building. The biggest challenge was bringing a building type-- wood and plaster-- that is inherently inefficient into the 21st century and satisfying the stringent museum standards for temperature and humidity. This was completed in 2012.
WQUN Radiot Station at Quinnipiac University/ Hamden, CT
Late Colonial Revival
An adaptive reuse of an existing 1920s house for the Quinnipiac University's commercial AM radio station. The interior detailing is intended to evoke the original wood paneling while incorporating current technology. The exterior was restored. Interior window walls allow the studios to feel open and accessible while exceeding industry standards for sound isolation. Completed 2010.
We are a full service structural engineering firm with a forte in historic restoration, building forensics and unique design challenges. The name “Cirrus” symbolizes our commitment to always start with a high level view of your project. The high level view enables us to gain perspective and provide services to match your needs. During the descent into the project in pursuit of root cause problems we work to create customized solutions for your unusual or unique design issues. As clarity is gained at the lower altitudes, we focus in on the detail to produce high quality reports, drawings and specifications that address the many facets of your project.
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award - Hartford Preservation Alliance
James K. Grant Associates was established in 1985 and has been active in historic preservation projects since its founding. Located in the historic Collins Company Ax Factory on the Farmington River, we have enjoyed playing an active role in preservation of many of Connecticut’s unique treasures. From barns to landmarks, we value the past and are committed to maintaining the integrity of these structures for the use and pleasure of future generations.
We have been very active in the Historic Barns Grant program of the Connecticut Trust, having completed structural assessments of 11 barns under that program. We have participated in studies and renovation of many other barns as well.
Connecticut’s 19th and early 20th century mill buildings are very important structures in the state’s industrial past. Fortunately, many of them are being recycled and given a new life and a new purpose. The adaptive reuse of the Cheney Mill Dye House in Manchester is due to be completed in Spring 2011 and will contain 57 residential units. One of American Thread Company’s large granite mill buildings in Willimantic has been converted to an Artspace building with residential/studio units and art exhibit space.
Under an agreement with CT Trust, the firm is currently designing stabilization measures for the 1885 Northwest School, Hartford’s oldest surviving school building and recently named to the National Register of Historic Places. It will become the home of the John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center.
The diversity of our historic preservation experience can be seen in this sampling of projects: Colt Factory dome restoration, the famous blue onion atop Colt’s east armory; Kent Iron Furnace at the Sloane-Stanley Museum in Kent, stabilization of an important structure from Connecticut’s iron industry; and at the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Foundation Center, Hartford for the adaptive reuse of a 1926 office building for 70 mixed-income residential apartments. (LEED certified Gold, the first such building in CT.)
As general contractors and carpenters, Oxford Builders, LLC oversees the renovation of projects as well as performing much of the work. The majority of their work is dedicated to homes 100 years and older, renovating the existing structures back to their original character. Oxford Builders, LLC also builds additions that create seamless transitions, blending old with new, so that it looks as though it was always part of the original building, creating a finished product of the highest quality.
c. 1780 Smith Farm, East Haddam-Working as part of a team, Oxford Builders, LLC installed much of the house trim in a whole house renovation project. Specifically, Oxford Builders, LLC built and installed custom cabinets with a hand planed counter for a wet bar; designed, built and installed a main entrance door out of salvaged chestnut boards found on the property, completing the look with a bullet glass window; built and installed an intricate mantel and fireplace surround for the great room; and built and installed all the paneling and window trim in that room. For pictures of this work, please refer to http://www.oxfordbuilders.net/protfolio.php?item=1780sColonialRenovation.
In 2007, Oxford Builders, LLC received an award from the Hartford Preservation Alliance for work performed on a 1905 house. For pictures of this work, please refer to http://www.oxfordbuilders.net/portfolio.php?item=ClassicalRevival.
Renard Thompson and Amalae McCloud
In MA or CT: 860-309-7966
Casson Kennedy and Dylan Weidman
In NY: 518-567-5391
Bring Back Barns is a small group of licensed and insured timberframing professionals working primarily in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and Eastern New York. We are passionate about salvaging and restoring this region’s heritage of Post and Beam buildings of many styles, as well as knowledgeable and experienced builders of new timberframe building construction: barns, houses, studios, commercial buildings, and so on.
* Barn Restoration
We understand the value of preservation and history and restoring buildings to usefulness whenever possible. Because of this we have exceptional expertise in finding solutions for salvaging even the most troubled and dilapidated or rotting barns and buildings.
We can work with you to decide on the level of restoration you desire and can afford. From basic structural reinforcement to intricate detail and finishing, we can save your barn from falling apart and bring it back to life with traditional craft at whatever scale you need.
* New Barns and Other Buildings
Our rates are extremely reasonable for this kind of highly skilled work. We build barns because we enjoy it, and we because we believe in preserving historic buildings and preserving the superior craft and techniques of timberframed architecture. This is coupled with our ability to beat the price of most other professional timberframing outfits in the field.
We are also proud to offer substantial discounts for barns and other construction for farms that are currently operating or starting up.We are happy to give a free assessment for your barn restoration including condition, dating, joinery methods, description and a rough estimate of restoration costs. We also do more detailed consulting at affordable rates for other contractors or homeowners. Our years of experience in this work save many of the costs of hiring architects, engineers, and especially those less experienced in the exacting craft of timberframing. We build new barns in the traditional manner, with beautiful mortise and tenon joinery. We also build studios, garages, additions, outbuildings, and homes. We have very competitive rates compared with other methods of building or other contractors. Whether looking at a pre-fab metal garage or shopping for affordable post-and-beam contractors, we are often the most accessible and experienced for any job.
Our tools range from those of the modern carpenter to many traditional tools, some over 100 years old, made specifically for timberframing. We prefer to acquire our lumber as locally as possible, often buying locally grown timbers from a small multi-generational sawmill here in smalltown Northwestern Connecticut.
Bi-Glass “ When Only the Original Will Do”
Bi-Glass restores and improves the energy efficiency of original wood windows. The Bi-Glass process is actually an alternative to replacing your historic wood windows for both commercial and residential projects. Over 1,000 historic homes and buildings completed since 1994.
Work can be performed at the job site from our custom mobile work trailers so windows can be back in place at the end of each day.
View our 2 minute “How We Do It” video click here: http://www.ct-bi-glass.com/video.html
Historic District: 458 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT
Before: April 2010
Original Windows: Drafty, Single Pane & Inefficient
After: April 2015
Original Windows: Restored by Bi-Glass, Double-Paned & Weather Stripped
No Visible Difference!
Thomas R. Linskey's company West River Restoration specializes in a complete line of 18th and early 19th century restoration services, including structural repair, design and installation of period detail along with chimney and fireplace repair.
Recent projects include complete renovation of the Mehiable Hand Ward House in Higganum, Connecticut. The house has a five-bay front, a pair of windows each side of a central door equipped with a half-round leaded glass fanlight, with a central window, also fanlighted, above.
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Aley Building Contractors specialize in energy efficient home remodeling, kitchen & bathroom renovation, green building, historic preservation and new traditional style Energy Star homes. Our projects include additions, bathrooms, kitchens and whole house renovations that blend seamlessly with the architectural style and period details of your home while enhancing its energy efficiency, durability and comfort. Aley Building Contractors does not take shortcuts. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and reinforce our commitment to high standards through ongoing education in energy efficiency and sustainable building materials and methods. We strive to establish a relationship with our clients based on trust and integrity so we are always ready to explain how we can accomplish the results you desire within the parameters we have learned to trust. The more you know about what is involved and how it is done, the more likely you can confidently make an informed decision. Whether an addition, historic renovation, energy efficiency improvements or new traditional style Energy Star home, we maintain the highest standards and see each project through, from inception to completion, with an unerring eye to detail. See the testimonials on our web site for more information.
Briefly describe any work done on historic buildings or homes:
1730 Colonial era Barn-Home, Rye Beach Ave, Rye NY. Complete whole house renovation and updating of mechanical systems. 1775 Yale Elizabethan Club Leverett Griswold House. Bathroom remodel, porch repair, brick re-pointing and other repair work. 1784 Enos Kellogg House, Norwalk CT. Two Story addition, complete energy retrofit reducing overall energy use by 17%. 1790 Federal, Strickland Road, Greenwich CT. Complete whole house renovation and major structural work to the foundation & first floor framing. 1795 Westport Historical Society – Wheeler House. Various repairs to the Wheeler house and adjacent round stone barn. 1827 Eli Whitney Boarding House. Wood window restoration and various repairs to exterior trim and mouldings. 1881 Westport women’s club - Sidney Watts House. 1927 Colonial Revival, Shippan Point, Stamford Ct. wood window restoration and weather stripping, complete plaster r restoration of the entire interior, bathroom remodeling. 1935 Mid-century Modern, Bedford Hills N.Y. complete whole house renovation including steel casement window restoration, new mechanical and electrical systems, major structural repairs and alterations, custom cabinetry, custom made plumbing & electrical fixtures.
Briefly describe why preservation matters to your business:
In this age of rampant Tear Downs in many communities of CT and NY it is important to dispel the perception that Historic Preservation is only for the ultra-wealthy. As I discovered with my own home in historic Village creek preservation can be the most practical and cost effective option for building owners when combined with Preservation and Green building tax credits. Growing up in a home built in 1918 along with time spent at my grandparents’ house that was built in 1792 my interest in old and historic buildings started at an early age. Later in life I earned a degree in History and Art History. Preservation has allowed me to continue to learn and physically connect with the history of the buildings we work on and their surrounding communities. Historic buildings can remind all of us of the people, family and history that have passed thru these buildings and help tell our nation's story on a very local level. I think that’s important.