Boynton House Rehabilitation Receives State Award

We are pleased that the New York State AIA has announced that the Boynton House Rehabilitation was selected to receive a 2014 Citation for Design Award.

Award Recipients for the 2014 New York State AIA Design Awards were chosen from a pool of three-hundred submissions by a jury of national architectural practitioners and educators. We are excited to be this year’s only upstate architectural firm to receive a NYS AIA design award. The awards ceremony and NYS AIA annual meeting and gala will be held in Saratoga Springs October 9th through 11th.

First Floor Plan Record Drawing
First Floor Plan Record Drawing


Project Narrative:

The owners, Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker identified a project design team that included:
+ Bero Architecture PLLC, Architect
+ Bayer Landscape Architecture PLLC, Landscape Architect
+ Jean France, Architectural Historian
+ Darryl Gronsky Presents, Interior Designer

The Project Team drew inspiration for the re-imagined landscape from lost features of the original design, the Prairie-Style design vocabulary, and similar Wright designed properties.  The rear yard was reconfigured to provide the type of outdoor experience lost to the subdivision.  A new 1 ½-story garage and covered pergola, both inspired by Wright’s unrealized preliminary designs,  defined a new courtyard in what had been a service yard. These features were carefully differentiated from the unbuilt designs and from the existing house.  The courtyard design was inspired by the axial relationships and landscape features found in the original design for this and other Wright properties, integrating a new lily pond, a raised platform/bio-filter, and buffer plantings.

The Boynton House has been admired for its architecture, but was physically deteriorating to a degree no one realized.  This project, by addressing this critical threat to the building’s future and sensitively rehabilitating the home to twenty-first century standards, has ensured that this architectural masterpiece will remain a cherished home for many decades to come.

See also:
+ E. E. Boynton House Rehabilitation Project
+ Boynton House Rehabilitation in Progress