Celebrating 26 years as a full service historic preservation architecture firm, Clinton Brown Company Architecture collaboratively designs the revitalization of heritage buildings and communities, attracting new investment and creating new performance. As a grant writing firm we have assisted our customers in raising over $30 million for their project historic preservation projects.
ST. PATRICK’S LOFTS, Syracuse, NY
St. Patrick’s School, built in 1915, served as a Catholic school until 2006. It is now home to 22 one- and two-bedroom apartments and St. Patrick’s Community Center. The St. Patrick’s Loft project won the 2014 PACNY Preservation Merit Award for exemplary adaptive reuse and renovation. CBCA performed preliminary design services that showed adaptive use and historic rehabilitation was feasible.
KIBLER SENIOR APARTMENTS, Tonawanda, NY
This pioneering $5 MM project rehabilitated and adaptively used a distressed abandoned former school into fully accessible senior apartments. Envisioned by Mayor Alice Roth to keep senior citizens living in the City after their houses were too much to care for, the project was carried out by Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition. We performed project concept, architectural, engineering, grant writing and Historic Preservation Tax Credit services.
NIAGARA ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER, Niagara Falls, NY
CBCA helped found the NACC to breathe new life into the former Niagara Falls High School that was slated for demolition for a strip mall. Now home to more than 70 artists and arts groups, two theaters, two art galleries, an interactive children’s center, and an alumni center, The NACC hosts wide-ranging musical, theatrical and dance activities. Its impact has extended to the restoration of Schoellkopf Park. CBCA performed project concept, architectural, engineering, grant writing and Historic Preservation Tax Credit services.
ACADEMY PLACE, Gowanda, NY
CBCA collaboratively prepared a multi-phase Feasibility Re-Use Plan for the surplus Gowanda Elementary School for the School Reuse Advisory Committee and facilitated its public acceptance. The 98,000 sf, E. B. Green designed building has served the village for 100 years, first as a school and now as a multi-use, multi-tenant community facility of human services, cultural services and senior apartments concept called “Academy Place: A Community Health, Wellness, and Business Center” that has been successfully implemented by others.
WATERMAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Bath, NY
CBCA has been working with The Save the Lyon Commission formed to save the surplus former Dana Lyon School from demolition for a big box store, providing consulting and grant writing services for rehabilitating the building, located in to the Liberty Street National Register Historic District, into a multi-arts public education facility serving the community and the region. We recently completed a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) report funded by the Preservation League of NYS/NYS Council on the Arts.
OAK STREET SCHOOL, Buffalo, NY
CBCA worked for Rocco Termini/Burke Builders and with the NY SHPO and National Park Service on Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the $4.5 MM adaptive re-use of this historic former school into 29 residential loft apartments and 8,000 square feet of commercial space. Each unit retains the unique historic classroom features such as hardwood floors, wood wainscot, high ceilings and original cabinetry.
SOUTH JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Niagara Falls, NY
CBCA designed with CB Emmanuel Reality LLC the historic rehabilitation and adaptive use of this former school to meet the needs of the community as mixed-income apartments and commercial space. CBCA developed the Niagara City Lofts concept, obtained a $5 million Restore NY grant, worked with the neighborhood and prepared the National Register of Historic Places nomination and Historic Preservation Tax Credit application.
PUBLIC SCHOOL NO. 62, Buffalo, NY
CBCA conceived the conversion of Buffalo’s School 62, preparing the Schematic Design concept that proved the feasibility of an affordable apartment adaptive use that was implemented by the YWCA.
PUBLIC SCHOOL NO. 63, Buffalo, NY
CBCA designed the redevelopment and conversion of Buffalo’s School 63 into moderate-income housing for a potential developer in support of a proposal to the City for the property’s redevelopment. The program of the project is to profitably create attractive moderate-income rate apartments consistent with the New York State Homes and Community Renewal Capital Program as well as the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program.
SALAMANCA HIGH SCHOOL, Salamanca, NY
CBCA worked for Cattaraugus Community Action on the historic rehabilitation of the former Salamanca High School’s top floor into transitional housing for homeless families, successfully overcoming building code, security and financial hurdles. Constructed in 1909, complete with skylights and broad staircases, the school was state-of-the-art when it first opened and remains a community resource.
CLINTON STREET SCHOOL, City of Tonawanda, NY
CBCA developed design options for a prospective buyer for adaptive use with historic preservation tax credits as market rate apartments.