Forest Hills Renovation: Windows Make A World of DifferenceBy Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows
An Honorable Mention in this year’s Architects Challenge was the Forest Hills Renovation in Newark, N.J.
This project involved the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of a single-family mansion into seven units of affordable housing in Newark’s Forest Hills Historic District. The building had been abandoned for over 20 years and had sustained significant damage from neglect, water infiltration, and vandalism. Approximately 20 percent of the existing white oak, double-hung windows and transoms were salvageable—the rest had to be wholly replicated and replaced in a cost-effective manner. Marvin created custom wood windows for the project within the tight 1/4″ tolerances allowed by the Secretary of Interior’s standards, enabling this project to obtain approval from the local Historic Preservation offices and qualification for Federal Historic Tax Credits.
The Forest Hills Renovation’s architect is Jennifer Palermo of Palermo Edwards Architecture. Can you believe this before and after shot?
It’s amazing what the right windows can do!