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2018 Award Winners

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Remodeling

Historic Preservation/ Restoration

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Alden Park

Best in Region—North Atlantic
Platinum

Philadelphia, Pa.

Architect/Designer | Barton Partners

Builder | Briarwood Construction

Developer | L3C Capital

Photographer | Marc Harary

Alden Park is a residential apartment community, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The six 10- to 13-story brick buildings, constructed in the 1920s, sit adjacent to Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park, adding to the existing luxurious amenities of the community. Purchased in 2015, historic tax credits were obtained to assist in the careful and historically accurate exterior restoration of all the buildings.

The dilapidated state of much of the brick and cast stone proved particularly challenging, and had to be rebuilt in many locations. The 7,500+ original windows had frames embedded into the masonry and needed to be carefully cut out and replaced with custom, historically detailed thermal windows; nearly all windows were replaced while the units were occupied.

Within the 760 units, the architects strategically modified the compartmentalized original designs to create a more modern, open feel, along with updated contemporary finishes. While updating original amenities, such as the indoor pool, fitness center, and common areas, a new outdoor pool and dog park were incorporated into the historic site. This renovation also vastly improved handicapped accessibility throughout the hilly site and within all buildings.

From the Judges
The restoration of the original detailing is magic—you don't even see half of the work that went into it.

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