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.
We are grateful to the owners, Jane Parker and Fran Consentino for their graciousness in opening up their home and for their continued dedication and support for preservation projects throughout the region. We are also grateful for architectural historian Jean France, landscape architect Mark Bayer, and research coordinator from the Landmark Society Cynthia Howk, for their contributions in hosting this event.
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.
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.
We drew inspiration for the re-imagined landscape from lost features of the original design, the Prairie-Style design vocabulary, and similar Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties.
The rear yard was reconfigured to provide the type of outdoor experience lost to the subdivision. A new 1½-story garage and covered pergola were inspired by Wright’s unrealized preliminary designs and 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 long been admired for its architecture, but was physically
deteriorating to a degree no one realized. While addressing this critical threat to the building’s future and sensitively rehabilitating the home to twenty-first century standards, this project has ensured that this architectural masterpiece will remain a cherished home for many decades to come.
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
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.
The Gallery was recently opened to the public with a very pleasant evening invitation-only reception.
Three articles have been posted to the Thoughts page.
As always, a link to download a pdf of each article is included.
The Palmyra Community Library has moved in to their newly renovated building.
For more about this renovation also see: Palmyra Community Library Renovation Part 1
The east portion of the Boynton House site has been bustling with activity with the extended warm weather. Pavements, planters, and the lily pond structure are complete and awaiting spring for finish landscaping and fencing.
Precast pergola posts, in place since September, are receiving heavy timber trellis beams and rafters. The trellis framing should be completed by February.
The garage is framed and enclosed with temporary roofing to hold it until warmer weather when the exterior finishes will be completed. In the meantime the garage interior will be built-out and sash installed. Now that several salvaged sash have been installed in the west façade, it is easier to envision the view from the patio garden toward the garage.
We’ve updated our firm resume to include additional awards we’ve received in the past few months.