8th Annual Bero-Howk Internship Announced

January 20th, 2017 · News


We are pleased to announce that we are seeking qualified applicants for the eighth annual Bero-Howk Preservation Internship. The internship, established in 2010, seeks to provide a unique specialized preservation experience for a qualified architectural intern. During their time in Rochester, the intern will be exposed to architectural preservation work at Bero Architecture PLLC and preservation research and educational programming at the Landmark Society of Western New York. Applications will be accepted between February 22nd and March 31st A decision can be expected by April 21st.


Bero Architecture established in 1976 by architect John Bero, is a Rochester, New York, architecture firm with a specialization in historic preservation. Bero Architecture PLLC has developed a local, state, and regional reputation for excellence in preservation planning, building evaluations, restoration, and adaptive re-use. For more information please visit

The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., is one of the oldest and most active preservation organizations in America, organized in 1937, preceding by ten years the founding of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, of which it is a charter member. It is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting and fostering interest in the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of our region. For more information please visit



Promote an interest in and deeper understanding of preservation in the architectural field.



  1. Bero Architecture PLLC contacts: John Page, Virginia Searl.
  2. LSWNY contacts: Cynthia Howk, Caitlin Meives.
  3. Ten week summer internship period. Specific dates to be coordinated between parties. Weeks to be consecutive unless coordinated and agreed to by all parties.
  4. Thirty to thirty-five hours per week commitment, six to seven hours per day, five days per week. Hours are somewhat flexible, specific hours to be coordinated between parties.
  5. Three days per week working at Bero Architecture, two days per week working at the LSWNY. Specific days at each location to be coordinated by all parties. BA and LSWNY may agree to change location during any given week.
  6. Intern will coordinate specific work and time with the primary contacts.
  7. Intern will be an employee of BA. A fixed bi-weekly wage will be paid by BA. Wage offer will be provided by BA with the internship offer.

Type of Assignments

  1. Interns work on preservation related projects that will provide insight into preservation architecture. The blend of preservation fundamentals offered by the LSWNY and the preservation architecture and general architectural basics offered by Bero Architecture will provide for a well rounded experience.
  2. Interns will spend the majority of their time on programming and research with the LSWNY and preservation related activities with Bero Architecture rather than basic filing or fundraising activities.


Applicants shall meet the following criteria.

  1. Currently enrolled in college having completed a of a minimum of three years in an accredited professional program in either architecture or architectural preservation.
  2. Documented history of  interest and involvement in preservation.
  3. Technical writing ability.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and Autodesk AutoCAD.


Submit the following to John Page at Bero Architecture.

  1. Basic architectural Resume information.
  2. Technical writing sample (preferably related to preservation).
  3. Description and documentation of prior interest and involvement in preservation.
  4. One to three letters of Recommendation.

St. James Church Phases 1, 2, and 4 Nearing Completion

October 20th, 2015 · News

Phases 1, 2, and 4 of the interior rehabilitation and restoration of the elaborate patterned slate roof at St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles are nearing completion. The projects, based on a Master Plan we developed with the parish over a two year process, include rehabilitation of the basement gathering space and chapel, HVAC and mechanical system upgrades, substantial rehabilitation of the nave and sanctuary including a new entry, new flooring, decorative scheme, and expanded altar and chancel space. The roofing replacement work, Phase 1 of the Master Plan, includes full restoration of the main slate roof and elaborate sheet metal work (stamped dentils, shaped copings and cornices).

We are grateful for all of the hard work of our collaborative project teams of St. James Episcopal Parish,  Hayner Hoyt Construction, Easton Specialties, and Bero Architecture PLLC thus far which will guide these two large and complicated projects to their successful completion before the end of the year.


United Church of Canandaigua Organ Installation

April 6th, 2015 · News>>On The Boards

Bero Architecture assisted The United Church of Canandaigua with the rehabilitation of their altar, chancel, blower room, and pipe chambers. Original paneled doors, railing and wainscot details present in other areas of the church were used as inspiration for the rehabilitation of the chancel and new altar space. A new three manual and pedal forty rank organ for the church was designed and installed by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. It is always a pleasure to work with Ric Parsons and his talented crew, and is an especially rare privilege to work with them on a completely new organ project.

When we visited the church at the end of last month, the pipe chambers were nearing completion. They were to begin installation of the pipes within the following week. The custom console and pipe facades were meticulously fabricated and finished in Parson’s shop and were on site awaiting installation. Details adapted from the existing roof beams and decorative stenciling allow the organ to appear as if it had always been part of the church.

We look forward to seeing and hearing the finished organ in May!

Bero Architecture Founders, John and Cheryl Bero, Have Retired

January 5th, 2015 · News

John and Cheryl Bero have officially announced their retirement. John’s retirement took effect at the end of the year and Cheryl will fully retire at the end of February. Although their retirement has been expected, we had not been sure when until mid-December. John established the firm in 1976 and managed it with Cheryl’s help until 2008. John dedicated his architectural career to thorough, meticulous, and meaningful preservation of historic structures (not to mention good grammar!). His time and talent has left an indelible mark on the historic fabric of the built environment in the greater Rochester region and beyond. We are grateful for the privilege to have learned from and worked together with John and Cheryl over the past 38 years. We wish John and Cheryl all the best for a happy and fulfilling retirement.

John Page, Virginia Searl, Richard Osgood, Jennifer Ahrens, Mary Mitchell, Lindsay Yoder, Katie Comeau, Chris Brandt

John’s official letter of retirement can be read below:













Boynton House Rehabilitation Receives State Award

August 22nd, 2014 · News

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.


Most Holy Trinity Church Roofing Replacement – Phase 1 is Complete

August 19th, 2014 · News>>On The Boards


Phase 1 – Towers Roofing Replacement at Most Holy Trinity roman Catholic Church in Webster is nearing completion. The project included interior and exterior masonry repairs, repair and refinishing of exterior woodwork, and repairs to stained glass windows in addition to full replacement of the slate roofing system and sheet metal finials. The finials were fabricated, gilded and installed from a lift by the team at Easton Specialties. We were able to document the finial installation  and photograph the completed towers from the lift at completion.


Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House

July 2nd, 2014 · News
John Page speaking along with, Jean France, Fran Consentino, Jane Parker and Mark Bayer
John Page speaking along with, Jean France, Fran Consentino, Jane Parker and Mark Bayer
On June 14, 2014, we had the honor in partnering with the Rochester chapter of the AIA and the Landmark Society of Western New York in hosting a house tour at the Boynton house. The tour was an excellent opportunity for local architects to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s only work in Rochester and was part of the continuing education program for the AIA.

The two-and-a-half hour event included a guided tour of the garden landscaping and lily pond, the pergola and garage additions, the first floor and restored veranda, and the basement including interpretive displays. As the tour progressed through the house, guests were treated to the history of each space and a brief synopsis of the difficulties that were faced during the renovation process. While not on the tour, guests were treated to refreshments in the garden courtyard.


George Eastman House Survey & Condition Report

June 4th, 2014 · News>>On The Boards

 Bero Architecture PLLC has been awarded the contract for a survey and condition report on the George Eastman House and Garden Structures.  The condition report will prioritize areas of critical repairs, long-term maintenance and suggested improvements to this National Historic Landmark building and grounds.  The survey and condition report are being funded by a grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1983.

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Boynton House Rehabilitation Receives Award

May 19th, 2014 · News
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We are honored to receive an AIA Rochester 2014 Design Excellence Grand Honor Award for the Boynton House Rehabilitation.

Winners of the AIA Rochester’s annual Design Excellence Awards are chosen by a jury of national architectural professionals, who review presentations submitted by are architecture firms nominating their recent projects. These awards, along with photography, scholarship and the Mayor’s award are announced at a special reception, held this year on April 25th.