Bridges Cornell Heights Complex

Bero Architecture has worked with Elizabeth Classen Ambrose on several projects to sensitively design a small campus assisted-living homes for seniors in the Cornell Heights Historic District north of Cornell University. These projects have included the rehabilitation and addition to two existing houses and the construction of a new 9000 sq ft Tudor Revival style assisted-living home accommodating fifteen seniors.  The new building utilizes Tudor Revival style features including steeply pitched gables, stone and stucco walls, and towering chimneys to carefully fit into the surrounding context. A rustic porte-cochere protects the main entrance and an outdoor dining terrace overlooks broad sloping lawns with mature trees. 

The two existing homes were renovated to accommodate their change of use while maintaining and expanding on their historic character. The design of the new building and rehabilitation of the existing homes were approved by the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission.