Forest Hills Restoration
Architect's Challenge 2015 Honorable Mention
Architect Name: Jennifer Palermo
Architecture Location: Palermo Edwards Architecture
Location: Newark, NJ
“This appears to be a very skillful and admirable restoration and adaptive reuse of a threatened landmark. Its conversion to housing is an excellent reuse, done with great respect for the original structure.” – Jury member
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.