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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.

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.

Garden Court looking east
Garden Court looking east

 

 

Katie Eggers Comeau speaking in the Kitchen
Katie Eggers Comeau speaking in the Kitchen
Jean France speaking in the Dining Room
Jean France speaking in the Dining Room
Chris Brandt speaking about the Interpretive Display in the Basement
Chris Brandt speaking about the Interpretive Display in the Basement

 

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.

Press Release

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.

Project Narrative:

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.

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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.

See also:

Boynton House Site

Restoration In Progress

Boynton House Rehabilitation

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.

The Gallery was recently opened to the public with a very pleasant evening invitation-only reception.

 

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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 building.

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

Library Entrance

Circulation Desk

Reading Area

Boynton House Site Development

January 20th, 2012 · News>>On The Boards

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.

Also see:  Frank Lloyd Wright House Restoration In Progress

Looking east from garage roofSalvaged sash being set in west wall garage

Precast pergola post with timber beams and first bay of rafters - garage west facade

 

Garage and drive from Hawthorne Street

Boynton House Rehabilitation

January 19th, 2012 · News
Our work on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House here in Rochester included this presentation describing the design process that occurred to develop an appropriate rehabilitation plan and design for the new garage, landscaping, and pergola.
Boynton House Rehabilitation
View recent photos of the work in progress on the garage, landscaping, and pergola here.  “Before” pictures of the Boynton house and preliminary landscape plans can be seen here.

Firm Resume Updated

January 18th, 2012 · News>>Site Updates

We’ve updated our firm resume to include additional awards we’ve received in the past few months.

  • The Barber Conable Award from Landmark Society of Western New York for the adaptive reuse of  the Avon Opera Block in Avon,NY.
  •  An Award of Merit from the Landmark Society of Western New York for restoration of the First Presbyterian Church in East Avon, NY.
  •  An Award of Merit from the Landmark Society of Western New York for the rehabilitation of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society in Waterloo, NY.
  • A Merit  Award for Design Excellence given by the  Rochester chapter of the AIA  for the New Residence built in Rochester,  NY. (Award Submission)