Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA

96 Old Post Road, Suite 200
Southport, Connecticut 06890
Phone: 203-254-2388
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Contact: Kelsey Welke

Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA specializes in high-end custom residences, trademark commercial buildings, historic restoration and golf clubhouse design. With more than 30 years of experience, the firm provides the hands-on approach and one-on-one attention of a small firm while offering the expertise, understanding and capability of a large firm. In addition to general architectural services, their wide range of expertise includes master planning, landscape design, interior architecture and sustainable design.

Previous Work Completed on Historic Buildings:

Mount Fair - Charlottesville, VA

One of our famed historic renovations includes the Mount Fair estate, where a full equestrian complex was designed for horse-loving owners on their expansive Charlottesville, Virginia property. The complex features a twelve-stall horse barn, full-sized indoor riding facility, 3,000 square-foot caretaker’s cottage, hay storage barn, and four equipment buildings.

All new buildings were designed in a traditional farmhouse style to complement the historic Greek Revival main residence, which the firm first restored. Aloha Boathouse - Newport, RI Built in 1912 by a railroad tycoon to be used in conjunction with his yacht (a local legend dubbed The Aloha), this heavy-timber Tudor style structure suffered the same fate as many Gilded Age edifices and fell into disrepair. Almost a century later, new owners bought the historic Brenton Cove boathouse and gave it a second life. A painstaking and meticulous restoration project was undertaken that involved carefully disassembling the structure stone by stone (and numbering each so they could be put back into place) and salvaging beams to be incorporated into the new design. The resulting structure is a breathtaking recreation of the original boathouse.

The Olde Pink House - Savannah, GA

Originally built in 1771, this historic structure was once one of the oldest homes in all of Savannah. Throughout its storied life, the building served as residence, bank, Confederate Army headquarters, tea room, and antique shop before eventually being converted into an award-winning restaurant.

To become the functional, patron-friendly space it is today, the Olde Pink House had to undergo an exhaustive restoration process and have several additions built onto the structure. Working closely with the Architectural Review Board and the Historical Society of Savannah, Mark P. Finlay Architects expanded the Olde Pink House to twice its original size, while still maintaining its authentic Southern charm and beauty. The new restaurant boasts a 16-foot ceiling ballroom, a paneled dining room with a private balcony, expanded kitchens, and a new bar with 13-foot tall French doors that open to sidewalk seating.

Why Preservation Matters to This Business: 

With a design aesthetic strongly rooted in traditional forms and regional character, the breadth of Mark P. Finlay Architects work demonstrates expert design knowledge of an array of architectural styles and historic preservation. Award-winning projects from Savannah, Georgia, to Newport, Rhode Island, stand as testaments to the firm’s ability to create distinctive projects and restore landmark buildings that utilize vernacular architecture, reflect the client’s individuality, and embody an enduring quality of excellence and historical importance.