SWBR Architects’ Preservation Project Receives Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

Monday, April 28, 2014

SWBR is proud to have been selected to receive the prestigious Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State for the redevelopment of Holy Rosary Apartments at 414 Lexington Ave. in Rochester. SWBR served as lead architect on the $15 million project for Providence Housing Development Corporation.

The Preservation League of New York State honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York’s historic resources. This award celebrates the completion of outstanding restoration projects, validates an organization’s work, encourages advocates to continue their pursuits and elevates the visibility of a project.

“We are honored to have been selected for this respected award,” said Joe Gibbons, AIA, Principal of SWBR Architects. “Preservation and reuse of Rochester’s historic buildings are essential to SWBR, and we are proud that our project is being highlighted as an example for one of the best practices in historic preservation.”

Holy Rosary Apartments provides 35 affordable apartments on its main campus and 25 new single-family homes. The 10,000-square-foot historic church has been adapted as a community center, part of which will be leased to Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach. The SWBR team transformed the former Holy Rosary Church rectory, convent and school buildings into apartments. The apartments are located at 26 different sites in 30 buildings, which incorporate new construction, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and historic rehabilitation.

SWBR provided all architectural and structural engineering in partnership with the Providence Housing Development Corporation, which also manages the affordable apartments. SWBR will accept the award on Wednesday, May 14, at the Preservation League’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the New York Yacht Club in New York City.