Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY

Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre recently acquired the 2-story brick building at 251-255 North Pearl Street for its new home with improved performance space and front and back of house facilities. Constructed as an industrial bakery in 1888 by E.J. Larrabee & Co., this building became the local center of production for the National Biscuit Company by the end of the 19th century. PACA wrote the National Register nomination, which also included the adjacent building at 75 Livingston (now Albany Distilling Co.) and the ruins of former stables as a single complex associated with Nabisco. In preparing Parts 1 & 2 for the historic tax credits, PACA has also provided feasibility and design consultation regarding restoring the building exterior based on historic photographs and drawings as well as adapting the interior for use as a theater.
Capital Repertory Theatre, clientPhoto: Albany Institute of History and Art Library

Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO

The National Register-listed Kiel Opera House is a grand limestone-clad civic facility that was built as St. Louis's major performing arts center in 1932-34. It houses the ornate 3500-seat theater, four assembly halls, and a lower-level exposition hall. After over a decade vacant, it underwent a major rehabilitation that restored the elegant Art Deco features and updated the facilities for today's performances. Working closely with the developer's architect, PACA researched and documented the history of the building and designed a project that met the Secretary of the Interior's standards. This included preparation of an extensive Part 2 and amendments and final Part 3 certification for both State and Federal historic tax credits. The Kiel was renamed the Peabody Opera House when it reopened in 2011 and is now known as the Stifel Theatre.
Martinez + Johnson Architecture, clientPhoto: MJA

Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY

Built as a foundry for the Railway Steel Spring Company in 1905 (Hudson-based Henry S. Moul, architect), this building and its associated sand house are all that remains of the company's large manufacturing complex adjacent to the Hudson River. Now known as Basilica Hudson, this prominent structure retains all of the defining characteristics of a foundry and is still open in plan and industrial in character. Adapted for use a a performance space in 2000, the building is now operated as a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center and event venue. PACA wrote the National Register nomination in 2017 and continues to act as a consultant.
Basilica Hudson, clientPhoto: PACA

Wick Hotel, Hudson, NY

The South Bay Mill was originally constructed approximately 1861 as a soap and candle factory on what had been the edge of the city's southern bay of the Hudson River. With later sections dating to circa 1920 and 1965, the building housed a variety of subsequent industrial enterprises and, most recently, was home to a local theater. PACA worked with the current owner/developer to rehabilitate the building as a stylish boutique hotel that retains key interior features such as exposed post and beam structure, masonry walls, and wood floors. The project also included construction of rooftop additions that are compatible with the building's industrial character and provide views of the Hudson River and the Catskills. PACA successfully guided the project through final Part 3 certification.
Redburn Development, clientPhoto: Redburn

River House Project, Hudson, NY

Constructed in 1903, Allen Street School was designed by Michael O'Connor, a prominent Hudson-based architect who was also responsible for the Firemen's Home, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and Sixth Street School. The building suffered from decades of industrial use and subsequent vacancy after is closed in the 1960s. Because it is located within the National Register-listed Hudson Historic District, the new owner is able to take advantage of State and Federal historic tax credits, among other incentives, to stabilize the building and convert it to artists' studios and exhibition spaces. PACA has been providing feasibility and design consultation for the River House Project and prepared Parts 1 & 2 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application. Part 3 certification was received in 2019.
Basilica Hudson/RiverHouse, clientPhoto: Historic Hudson Archives

845 Commons, Schenectady, NY

The Mica Insulator Company constructed this daylight factory at 845 Broadway in 1915 as the centerpiece of its extensive manufacturing and research facility and headquarters in Schenectady. Today, it and the neighboring building are all that remain from that complex. PACA listed them together in the National Register and secured State and Federal historic tax credits for the current owner to convert the vacant 845 building to a state-of-the-art residential facility for 155 very low income veterans who had previously been living in a run-down YMCA. Additional work included design consultation for new construction on the site. In 2016 the Preservation League of New York State honored the project with an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
The Galesi Group, clientPhoto: PACA

13 State Street, Schenectady, NY

This YMCA building, completed in 1928, was designed to house social and program rooms, athletic facilities, a swimming pool, and dormitory rooms to serve and house the boys and men coming to Schenectady to train and work at GE and ALCO. Used until recently as single room occupancy housing, the building has been rehabilitated as a senior apartment complex, as well as space for Schenectady County Community College's tech and gaming center. PACA listed the building in the National Register, prepared the Historic Preservation Certification Application for the project, and continues to provide design consultation for tenant modifications.
Norstar USA, clientPhoto: PACA

Proctors Key Hall, Schenectady, NY

The historic Proctors Theatre presents touring Broadway shows, concerts, films and events and acts as a major catalyst for economic development in the NY Capital District. Proctors acquired the adjacent Citizens Trust Bank building to expand its State Street operations as an auxiliary performance hall and event venue. Prior to the rehabilitation, PACA conducted research on the building, which was designed by the NYC-based Mowbray and Uffinger and opened in 1920 as the bank's headquarters and main branch. Work also involved consultation regarding National Register and tax credit feasibility and design review of the expansion and renovation plans. Proctors Theatre, clientPhoto: Proctors

School One Lofts, Troy, NY

Public School No. 1 was constructed in 1910 to serve children in north-central Troy. Used for administrative offices since it closed in the 1970s, the building was vacant but intact when the current owner acquired it to develop as market rate apartments in this up and coming section of the city. The School One Lofts project utilized State and Federal historic tax credits as well as other incentives. PACA provided design consultation, prepared Part 2 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application, and guided the project through final Part 3 certification.
Redburn Development, clientPhoto: PACA

Brill Building, New York, NY

Constructed in 1930 the Brill Building is an 11-story Art Deco architectural and cultural icon in midtown Manhattan that is synonymous with American popular music and entertainment. PACA documented the building and provided design consultation to the owner's architect regarding interior alterations.
KANN Partners, clientPhoto: KANN

Nott Street School, Schenectady, NY

Constructed in 1877 and altered/expanded in 1909, Nott Street School was one of the first public schools in Schenectady and remains the oldest extant school building in the city. After closing in 1942, the building was transferred to the County for use as offices. The current owner is converting the now vacant building to moderate-income apartments, utilizing State and Federal historic tax credits as well as other incentives. PACA listed the building in the National Register and prepared Part 2 of the Historic Preservation Certification Application for the project.
The Galesi Group, clientPhoto: PACA

Arcade Building, Albany, NY

Constructed 1926-28, the Art Deco-style Arcade Building is prominently located within the Downtown Albany Historic District. Long neglected and under leased, the building was acquired by a developer who retained PACA in 2008 to consult on the feasibility of restoring the exterior and the interior arcade while converting the upper floors to apartments. Although the project received preliminary Part 2 certification for historic tax credits, the developer was not able to proceed at the time. A subsequent owner has since been able to successfully rehabilitate the building for retail and residential use.
KANN Partners, clientPhoto: PACA