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.