VAN ALLEN PLACE APARTMENTS
Vacant for several years, this building was noticed by a not-for-proﬁt developer interested in affordable housing. The plan was to maintain a retail commitment on the ground ﬂoor and convert the upper ﬂoors into mixed-income housing. Nineteen units were designed occupying the upper three ﬂoors. The historic restoration maintained all historic fabric, decorative terra cotta, face brick, and marble. The overall integrity of the interior spaces was maintained by restoring column capitals. Public access space for the upper ﬂoor tenants was provided. The upper ﬂoors were laid out using existing window locations, maintaining a standard historic casing and trim, and replicating the same in other locations. Wood ﬂoors were carefully reﬁnished to their initial grandeur. Photographs were researched and sampling techniques were used to document and replicate interior and exterior paint colors. The building is on the “Save America’s Treasures” list and the National Register of Historic Places.