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
Click for larger image
Click for larger image
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.


Palmyra Library Success Story

April 22nd, 2013 · News

The Palmyra Community Library is featured on the Landmark Society of Westerns New York’s website as a “Success Story.”   To read the post please follow this link.

For more information on the Library renovation also see: Palmyra Community Library Renovation Part 1

Wehle Gallery Renovation

August 10th, 2012 · News
Entrance After (the lawn area has recently been restored with grass)
Entrance After (the lawn area has recently been restored with grass)

Exterior and interior renovations were recently completed at the Genesee Country Village and Museum’s Wehle Gallery.  The program included a new entrance, interior finishes, conversion of two galleries into state of the art collections storage, and a complete retrofit of the electrical system including new LED gallery lighting.  The buildling’s heating and cooling system was replaced by a geothermal heat pump system with 20 wells to the north of the building that extend 166 feet below grade.  Both the addition and existing portions of the building are clad in cedar siding.  The entrance addition is stained a muted red to help call attention to the entrance and main portion of the building.  The rooftop cupola was restored during the project, and the new collection storage room walls were grouted solid and super-insulated to create an ideal environment for artifact preservation.


New “Thoughts On…” articles

March 6th, 2012 · News>>Site Updates

Three articles have been posted to the Thoughts page.

  1. Some Thoughts On Administering Government and Grant Funds
  2. Some Thoughts On Ventilation of Unoccupied Spaces
  3. Some Thoughts On Construction Quality.

As always, a link to download a pdf of each article is included.

Palmyra Community Library Renovation Part 2

February 10th, 2012 · News

The Palmyra Community Library has moved in to their newly renovated space in the former Garlock Manufacturing office building. We are thrilled to see this project complete and look forward to pursuing additional renovation phases in the future.

For more about this renovation also see: Palmyra Community Library Renovation Part 1