Preservation Achievement Honor Award - Cleveland Restoration Society - AIA Cleveland Historic Preservation Office Award - Ohio Historical Society Renovation of the Year - NAIOP Northern Ohio Chapter Heritage Ohio Historic Preservation Award Building the Circle Award - University Circle Inc.
Restoration of the Tudor Arms Hotel preserves and repositions an important structure in Cleveland's history. This highly visible landmark punctuates one of the City's main corridors and helps define its University Circle District. Overcoming years of neglect, work included extensive masonry repairs, renovating beautiful leaded glass windows and the restoration of world class interior woodwork.
The adaptive re-use as a hotel is operated as a Double Tree by Hilton and offers a boutique hotel experience for visitors. Modern decor rooms accentuate the historic architecture and integrate amenities and guest accommodations. Grand ballrooms serve as community rooms, and serve guests as well as large-scale events.
Nottingham + Spirk
Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement - Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse Award of Merit for Historic Preservation - Ohio Historic Preservation Office Adaptive Use of a Sacred Landmark Award - Cleveland Restoration Society Preservation Recognition Award AIA Cleveland - Historic Resources Committee
The adaptive re-use of the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist in Cleveland creates a unique headquarters for the international renown industrial design firm, Nottingham Spirk. The Innovation Center reimagines the historic structure as a state of the art facility, seamlessly infusing technology throughout the complex. Miles of cabling are strategically placed behind original finishes to preserve its classic aesthetic and Beaux Arts architecture.
The original building was designed by world-reknownded Cleveland architects, Walker and Weeks and was constructed as a prototype for Cleveland's Severance Hall. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. City Architecture's services included preparing documents and applications for a variety of funding sources. The initiative qualified for federal rehabilitation tax credits, a conservation easement, Ohio, Cuyahoga County and City of Cleveland loans and traditional construction loans.
Offices and studios fill the dramatic and volumnous sanctuary and a new addition houses equipment used to create product prototypes and test ideas. The center captures the owners' creativity - illustrating what is possible when you challenge convention and discover how a company so rooted in technology can rethink an iconic historic structure.
West 25th Street Lofts
Using a collection of historic buildings dating back as far as 1870, the West 25th Street Lofts repurposes six historic, connected structures into a new mixed-use complex featuring indoor parking, 4 retail spaces and 61 loft apartments. The renovation includes four new interior floors constructed in an old factory space, new skylight atriums exposing interior industrial crane rails, apartments within an old brewery warehouse featuring exposed wood ceilings, exterior restorations and renovation of the Baher Brewery family’s original residence.
The West 25th Street Lofts represent a catalytic investment north of Ohio City's Market District. The renovation brings new residents and activity to a long-time under-served segment of the streetscape. This essential investment expands the West 25th Street District and makes an important connection to the emerging Hingetown District and Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood.
The Realty Tower Apartments
Located in Downtown Youngstown, the Realty Trust office building was constructed in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This redevelopment converted the significantly vacant tower into market rate housing rarely found downtown. This highly significant adaptive re-use project re-imagines what Downtown Youngstown can be, paving the way for future redevelopment based on restorations of historic properties. The $6,400,000 renovation of the tower consists of retail space on the first floor, tenant storage in the basement level and total of 61 residential units on the upper levels. Apartment layouts were designed to accommodate the unique existing floor plan conditions and provide panoramic views and unique two-story townhouses were designed for the upper two floors. The Realty Tower Apartments breathes new life into the downtown with the comprehensive restoration of this historic landmark tower, creating a new model to lead the way for future redevelopment in Youngstown.
Multi-Family Renovation of the Year - NAIOP Northern Ohio Best Adaptive Reuse Project - Heritage Ohio The Community Impact Award - Cleveland Restoration Society & AIA Cleveland Award of Merit for Historic Preservation - Ohio Historic Preservation Office Historic Preservation of Affordable Housing Award - Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Located in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, Doan School was constructed in 1904 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Community non-profit leaders, the Famicos Foundation, purchased the property to adaptively re-use bring renewed life back to the neighborhood.
Large common areas are dedicated as public spaces for the building’s residents and take advantage of the school's large assembly spaces and auditorium. The $8.6 million rehabilitation project contains 45 apartments and exemplifies the value in recycling an old building and preserving history in a beloved Cleveland neighborhood.
Historic Preservation Office Award - Ohio Historical Society Preservation Achievement Award - Cleveland Restoration Society & AIA Cleveland Best Multi-Family Residential Rehab - Heritage Ohio Historic Preservation of Affordable Housing Award - Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
University Tower Apartments, originally constructed in 1922 as the Sovereign Hotel, is preserved and rehabilitated into 113 apartments for senior living. The building's grand entrance has been restored, bringing a refreshed presence along its streetscape and prominent University Circle location. A new exterior canopy and green roof patio create accessible green spaces, connecting to a landscaped courtyard and the surrounding Rockefeller Park.
Interior renovation of the building includes the creation of new management offices, community spaces, a library, medical office and salon for residents. Amenities offer residents services and promote activity and interaction throughout the neighborhood building.
University Tower's renovation serves as an anchor for the adjacent Veteran's Administration campus and provides a true sense of place and timelessness within the VA's modern campus facility. City Architecture's role included the preparation of documents and narratives to qualify for a variety of historic tax credits.
“CITY ARCHITECTURE HAS WORKED TO COMPLETE A NUMBER OF HISTORIC RENOVATION PROJECTS, ALWAYS TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF QUALITY AND INTEGRITY.”
— Kathleen H. Crowther – President, Cleveland Restoration Society & John Anoliefo – Executive Director, Famicos Foundation
Located in Downtown Youngstown the Wick building was constructed in 1906 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This thirteen-story masonry building with terra cotta detailing has a grid of large windows with an arch top, which is reminiscent of the Romanesque style. The restoration and renovation design consists of retail space on the first floor, tenant storage on the basement level and 36 residential units on the upper levels. Each unit has large windows with outstanding views to the south and the west. Many historic features and finishes are retained and celebrated in the new design, including the restoration of the original corridors which include marble wainscoting and flooring along with many of the original doors. One of the most notable features is the original glass enclosed elevator with a steel and marble stair surrounding it.
Historic Coast Guard Station
This unique historic landmark located at the juncture of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River is being restored to foster freshwater research and engage the public in the appreciation and stewardship of water quality. In addition to serving as an environmental research facility and laboratory, the building is also envisioned to provide public recreation and assembly space tied to the future terminus of the Towpath Trail, Wendy Park and Lake Erie. Emanating from a partnership between the City of Cleveland, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and many others, this project seeks to become a focus for Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River watershed research, create a public and private community facility, protect and maintain this historic gem and to create an iconic Cleveland landmark and source of pride for our community. Laboratories, sleeping quarters, classrooms and meeting areas will provide a place for extensive water and environmental research.
Cleveland Heights Superior Schoolhouse
After not being actively used for almost fifty years, the Cleveland Heights School House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was renovated for public use. This two room school house originally built in the late 1800’s was converted into a home for the Cleveland Heights Historic Society with the first floor restored as a period classroom. Only slight modifications were made to the interior to comply with ADA regulations. A main component of the building’s historic preservation was the restoration of its original facade and repair of the sandstone foundation. This project incorporates new pedestrian paths to take advantage of the site’s adjacency to a nearby park.
The Statler Renovation
The Statler, originally “The Statler Hotel,” is a 14 story building dating back to 1911. The building has seen several uses over its 100+ year history, and was converted to an apartment complex in 2000.
Improvements planned for the building, which sits at the corner of Euclid and East 12th street in Cleveland, include renovating the existing 295 apartments, upgrading corridors with new finishes and lighting, renovating the first floor lobby and community spaces, restoring empty storefronts to attract new retail tenants, reactivating the abandoned mezzanine level, and enhancing the building’s historic façade with new lighting, paint, and signage.
Park Lane Villa
Award of Merit for Historic Preservation - Ohio Historic Preservation Office Preservation Achievement Honor Award - Cleveland Restoration Society & AIA Cleveland Best Residential Rehabilitation Improvement - Heritage Ohio Annual Awards Historic Preservation / Adaptive Reuse Finalist - Northern Ohio Live Awards of Achievement Smart Growth Community Excellence Award - Multifamily Development Smart Growth Community Excellence Award - Best in Show Building the Circle Award - University Circle Inc.
Renovation of the historic Park Lane Villa apartments was an opportunity to reinvest in one of Cleveland’s most unique neighborhoods, all within walking distance of University Circle. The 1923 apartment building fronts Rockefeller Park, overlooking Cleveland's Cultural Gardens and links to the many cultural institutions throughout the district. The project involved the renovation of the original hotel structure into apartment units and the seamless integration of structured parking. The restoration of the building included repairing the slate roof, ornamental copper detailing and the cast stone base, along with the painstaking recreation of ornamental plaster and woodworking on the interiors.
New residential units are designed with sensitivity - a great deal of care was taken to ensure that existing plasterwork and detailing worked in conjunction with the new rooms to maintain the historic charm of the building while providing residents with modern amenities and layouts. A historic ballroom was also restored to its original state and is used for occasions and celebrations. Park Lane Villa's success as luxury residences is attributed to its grand architecture combined with upscale amenities. A fitness center, billiards room and community spaces offer residents opportunities to relax, recreate and recharge.
Nelsonville School Commons
Listed as contributing structures to the Nelsonville Historic District, the Commons includes two school buildings and a connector hallway. Constructed as a High School in 1907, a second building was added in 1924 to accommodate the growing student population. Having sat primarily vacant for 15 years, the structures were rehabilitated into new apartment units and common use spaces. The $8 million renovation restored the deteriorated structures to their original glory, maintaining a significant amount of the historic fabric including chalk boards, wood floors, metal tin ceilings and wooden storage closets. Common spaces, including a community room, fitness center and offices occupy the former auditorium space in its original configuration. A small addition provides accessible entrances and an elevator to bring the complex to current accessibility standards.