Next up for our 2015 Preservation Awards are the winners of the Award of Merit, which for the sympathetic rehabilitation of a historic building or structure in our nine-county region completed within the past two years.
Hilton Garden Inn
155 East Main Street, City of Rochester
This distinctive project features the transformation of a former 1920s department store into a modern hotel. One of only three department stores designed by architect J. Foster Warner, this elegant, 1924, Beaux Arts building was originally the home of the National Clothing Company. Located in the city’s shopping district, the store continued operation until the mid 1970s. In recent decades, commercial and banking tenants occupied the building. Acquired in 2013 by DHD Ventures, the building underwent a creative rehabilitation and expansion into a 116-room boutique hotel. This $16 million project opened in March of this year. Listed in the National and State Registers of Historic Places, the building rehabilitation was completed using the Federal Investment Tax Credit program.
130 Water Street, Village of Penn Yan, Yates Co.
Standing prominently above Keuka Lake Outlet in the village of Penn Yan, this challenging project features the adaptive reuse of three former industrial buildings as a mixed-use complex with 6,000 square feet of commercial space, 13 upscale apartments and a fitness center. Constructed between 1850 and 1900, these heavy-timber-frame industrial buildings were previously owned by Birkett Mills, one of the largest producers of buckwheat products in the world. They were acquired by developer Chrisanntha Construction Corporation, Inc., who worked with architects Mossien Associates of Rochester and Iverson Construction Corporation of Gorham, NY to complete this $6 million project. Listed in the National and State Registers of Historic Places, the buildings were rehabilitated using the Federal Investment Tax Credit program.