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Campbell Thomas & Company

Significant Studies for Architectural and Planning Projects

for Historic Properties and Sites

United States Naval Home
Location: Grays Ferry Rd & Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Toll Brothers, Inc.
Contact: Paul Commito, Dir. Of Acquisitions & Development, 215-938-8259
Completion Date: 2004
Notes: After a devastating roof fire at Biddle Hall, as the main building at the US Naval Home is named, CT&C was hired by Toll Brothers as a preservation consultant. Our first goal was to research the numerous roof alterations since 1827 and determine which period best represents the roof-line. This chosen period will then be used as model for the roof rehabilitation. The next phase involved the careful removal of the remaining pieces of the fire devastated roof for the reuse of these pieces or casting new pieces from them. With the building now being exposed to the elements, the reconstruction of the roof must be done in a timely but historically appropriate manner. All steps are being carefully monitored and approved by PHMC, NPS, and PHC, in addition to following current zoning and building codes.

American Swedish Historical Museum Elevator Addition
Location:1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Client: American Swedish Historical Museum
Contact: Richard Waldron, Director, 215-389-1776
Completion Date: 2004
Notes: After review of CT&C's 1998 study, the American Swedish Historical Museum chose CT&C to complete the design and and assist with the installation of an elevator at the rear of the building. The elevator will aid in the removal of the current accessible barriers, and in the process, improve the functionality of the building. All interior and exterior accessibility alterations will be in keeping with the historical character of the building.

Lower Merion Township Wide Trail Feasibility Study
Location: Lower Merion Twp.
Client: Lower Merion Twp.
Contact: Lindsay Taylor, Dir. Of Recreation, 610-645-6188
Completion Date: 2004
Notes: CT&C in association with The RBA Group, have been hired by Lower Merion Township to develop a feasibility plan of a township-wide system. The trail would benefit walkers, cyclists, hikers and bladers and utilize existing streets and sidewalks. A service of public meetings will allow the team to determine "problem areas" and offer solutions to these areas. The following areas will be addressed in the study:
1) Existing physical conditions within the trail system that determines potential trail locations and any alternative routes within municipalities
2) Land ownership patterns in the area. Potential legal challenges or questionable title that would affect trail development within the Township.
3) Various types of trails: Widened shoulders, share the road, separated paths, sidewalks, multi-use, rails-trails/rails with trails
4) Parks, schools, neighborhood, historic and cultural linkages/education opportunities that may be possible with trail development
5) Possible connections to neighboring municipalities for both recreational and commuter use by residents and employees
6) Linkages and coordination with proposed and/or existing trails such as the Valley Forge Trail.

Diamond Street Neighborhood Revitalization
Location: 1745, 1825-31 Diamond St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Advocate Community Development Corp.
Contact: Joanne Jackson, Exec. Dir., 215-765-3650
Completion Date: Est. 2004
Notes: CT&C was retained to provide historic preservation planning and limited architectural services involving the conversion of these abandoned buildings, once home to Philadelphia's nouveau riche during the expansive era of the post Civil War-Industrialization. The highly ornate buildings of 1825-31 Diamond Street were originally designed by Angus Wade, who was known for his use of an eclectic mix of Gothic, Moorish and Romanesque architectural characteristics. Upon ACDC's acquisition of additional funds, CT&C will design 16 apartments with first floor handicapped accessible units in these 1800 block buildings.

Schuylkill River Valley Trail Extension - Phase 5
Location: Montgomery County, PA
Client: Montgomery Co. Planning Commission
Contact: John Wood, 610-278-3736
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: The trail is proposed to utilize the vacant railbed between Betzwood and Perkiomen Creek, as well as the existing towpath of the Schuylkill Canal between Longford Rd. and Route 29. Although hikers and cyclists have been using the towpath, the surrounding community is concerned about the improvement of the path with inappropriate surfacing and increased traffic. CTC will be sensitive the community's needs and suggest the use of existing streets and roads to mitigate congestion. The trail will offer residents of Montgomery County alternative transportation routes for work and recreation, and will link to the Philadelphia Valley Forge Trail.

American Swedish Historical Museum Preservation Plan
Location:1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Client: American Swedish Historical Museum
Contact: Richard Waldron, Director, 215-389-1776
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: ASHM hired CT&C to complete a Historic Preservation Plan for the Museum's building. The project was prompted by a persistent water problem in the Museum's basement that threatens the safety of the collections, the building's integrity, and its ability to function as a Museum. CT&C and its team of mechanical, electrical and structural/environmental engineers and conservator surveyed the building inside and out to assess and describe its physical condition and problems, recommended remedial procedures in detail and order of priority and established their costs.

Parkside Redevelopment
Location: 4104-6, 4202, 4208-10,4216-18,4222, 4238, 4240&44 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Client: 1260 Housing Development Corp.
Contact: Walt Kubiak, 215-557-8484ext3201
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: Continuing with the Parkside Neighborhood Rehabilitation, 1260 Housing Development Corporation has retained CT&C to do historical preservation planning and limited architectural services for the above-mentioned buildings. German brewers, including Frederick Poth, originally constructed these buildings as private townhouses for rent. Although each of these buildings were divided into multi-family housing in the 1940's, 1260 Housing Development Corp. will rehabilitate the existing exterior and interior historic features of the late 1800's with the use of historic tax credits. The rehabilitated units will then be converted into housing for people with special needs.

Philadelphia Zoo Parking and Access Study
Location: 34th St & Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Client: The Zoological Society of Philadelphia and the Parkside Historic Preservation Corp.
Contact: Kenneth Woodson, Zoological Society of Phila, 215-243-1100ex338
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: For several years, the Philadelphia Zoo has sought to improve parking and access to the Zoo. CT&C previously prepared the Zoo Transportation Center Study, which reviewed the re-opening of a Regional Rail Station. Later, in early 2002 CT&C developed a concept for a mixed-use facility at 35th & Girard Avenue to include commercial development, structured parking, and a future Regional Rail Station. In August of 2002, CT&C and its team of engineers, planners, traffic consultants and cost estimator were asked to prepare a parking and access study. The design solutions incorporated the Zoo's existing historical buildings and site plan and solutions that could co-exist and benefit the surrounding Parkside Historical Neighborhood and Fairmount Park landscape.

Beth Sholom Synagogue Keystone Grant Application
Location: 8231 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA
Client: Beth Sholom Congregation
Contact: Harvey Friedrich, Exec. Director, 215-887-4489
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: The Beth Sholom Synagogue, designed by renowned architect Frank Llyod Wright, is an icon of American architecture. Wright defined the building as the 1st American Synagogue because of its use of native materials, textures, and colors in demonstrating its Biblical roots to Judaism. Completed in 1957, the Synagogue is now in need of historically sensitive repairs including recoating of the lower roofs, repairing exterior masonry walls and application of watertight coating, restaining the entry step and walkway area. refinishing the Wright designed Bema Furniture used for ritual purposes, repairing upholstery of seat cushions and refinishing interior metal and glass doors. The Synagogue hired CT&C to research funding options for these repairs. CT&C later completed a Keystone Grant Application for the Synagogue.

13th Street Corridor Urban Revitalization
Location: 12th & 13Th Sts, Chesnut, Walnut, Passyunk, & Farimount Sts. vacinity, Phila., PA
Client: Goldman Properties
Contact: Don Meginley, 215-735-2955
Completion Date: 2002-3
Notes: Specializing in urban neighborhood revitalization, Goldman Properties of New York City is redeveloping several abandoned storefront buildings mostly within the Chestnut through Walnut Streets area along 13th Street. CT&C was hired to assist with the design of various restaurants, retail shops and upper story residential apartments. Many of the buildings retain or are in keeping with their original storefront facades. These previously abandoned eye sores once again offer a long lost vitality to the area, as well as offer a safe connection route from the Market Street/Convention Center area to the revitalized Walnut Street restaurant and retail zone.

Bowmansville Youth Hostel
Location: Rt. 625 & Maple Grove Rd., Bowmansville, PA
Client: Hostelling International/Delaware Valley Council
Contact: Ta'Juanna Anderson, 215-925-6004
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: This 181 year old structure is the oldest building in the village of Bowmansville and is the first Youth Hostel in the US. CT&C was hired by Hostelling International to plan the restoration and expansion of the facility to improve its ability to serve travelers in the area. Built as a residence and general store in 1820, the structure will need to be stabilized first. Design ideas for future renovations include traditional dormitory style accommodations, lounge and dining areas and possibly private rooms for couples and families and facilities for the physically disabled. Completion of the proposed renovations is on hold until additional funds are acquired.

Darby Creek Rivers Conservation Plan
Location: Darby Creek Watershed
Client Darby Creek Valley Association
Contact: Anne Ackerman, 610-789-1814
Completion Date: 2003
Notes: CT&C assisted Cahill Associates with addressing environmental issues critical in a largely urbanized watershed - from flooding and pollution to loss of aesthetic character and stream accessibility. CT&C emphasized on the importance of educating the residents and municipalities of the existing unrecognized and unlinked historical and cultural resources that tell the story of the historical development of the Darby Creek Watershed. Additionally, CT&C stressed the importance of improving existing trails, linking with new trail sections, and promoting such a trail system would immeasurably increase the public's awareness, protection and enhancement of the Creek and its watershed.

Marcus Hook Streetscape Project
Location: Route 13 & Route 452
Client: Borough of Marcus Hook
Contact: Bruce Dorbian, Borough Manager, 610-485-1341
Completion Date: 2002
Notes: CT&C in association with Andropogon Associates, Ltd. were retained to develop corridor improvement options for Routes 13 and 452. The team analyzed existing physical conditions, land ownership patterns, existing landscaping requiring improvements or replacements, traffic volumes and demand approximations, historic and cultural linkages and educational opportunities, and linkages and coordination with East Coast Greenway segments in New Castle County, Trainer Borough and the remaining Delaware County Route 13 and 291 corridor.

East Coast Greenway Cecil & New Castle Counties
Location: Cecil & New Castle Counties
Client WILMAPCO
Contact: Heather Ehrich, 302-737-6205
Completion Date: 2002
Notes: Team CT&C and Urban Engineers have been involved in the East Coast Greenway for several years now either as consultants, or as advocates. Previously having performed field research and mapped routes for the East Coast Bicycle Trail through northern Delaware and Maryland, the team proposed concepts for Cecil and New Castle County sections that included: Links to towns, Economic Revitalization, Solving the Fragmentation of Open Space, Links to the Regional Trail and Transportation Network, Links to Historic and Cultural Resources & The Creation of a "Continuously Interesting Environment.

Fairmount Park Boxer Trail
Location: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Natural Lands Restoration & Environmental Education Program
Contact: Mark Focht, ASLA, Natural Lands Restoration Manager, 215-685-0274
Completion Date: 2002
Notes: CT&C teamed with Andropogon Associates to assist with the design of a portion of the Boxer Trail in East Fairmount Park. The proposed section is approximately 1.5miles in length. The trail was designed for shared use -pedestrians and equestrians -with unpaved areas where the trail enters the wooded areas of the park. ADA guidelines for trail development were used as a basis of design with exception of the steps at Strawberry Mansion. The steps were carefully repaired in keeping with the original historical design and context. Directional and identification signs were also included in the design plan.

1920 Chestnut St. Retail, Offices and Loft Apartments
Location: 1920 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Case Investments, Inc.
Contact: Nicholas Renzi, III, 856-802-1301
Completion Date: 2002
Notes: Located in the Center City West Commercial Historic District, this Beaux Arts style building was constructed in the late 1890's as an addition to the Aldine Hotel. In the 1930's the building was refaced at the first and second floors and converted into an office building and sales floor for a Frigidaire Representative. CT&C was hired to transform the interior of this mostly vacant office building into a restaurant, office spaces and 18 loft type apartments. The 1930's two-story façade and the upper Beaux Arts exterior was retained and cleaned in accordance with the Philadelphia preservation ordinance.

Tinicum/Fort Mifflin Corridor Study
Location: Philadelphia & Delaware Co., PA
Client: National Park Service & Fort Mifflin-on-the-Delaware
Contact: Julia Bell, Planner NPS, 215-597-6473
Completion Date: 2002
Notes: This planning project, which includes brownfields and a highly industrial area, is an extension of the Schuylkill River Greenway. Within this urban and industrialized area exist several hidden treasures to which CT&C helped plan the reconnection of residents and visitors to nature and their heritage, and provided the opportunity to make Philadelphia's urban environment cleaner and greener.

1714 Sansom Street
Location: 1714 Sansom St., Philadelphia PA
Client: Eugene Martin, Jr.
Contact: Eugene Martin, Jr. 215-222-4449
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: Sitting within the Center City West Commercial Historic District, 1714 Sansom Street's upper floors had been vacant for quite some time- typical of so many other center city buildings that occupy only the 1st floor for commercial use. Gene Martin hired CT&C to provide architectural and historic preservation planning services for this c. 1896 building. CT&C transformed the vacant 2nd and 3rd floors into a bi-level 2 bedroom apartment with a 3rd floor rear deck, while complying to the Secretary of Interior Standards for a 20% Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

Germantown Avenue Bridge Bike Lane
Location: Germantown Avenue over Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Philadelphia Department of Streets
Contact: Joseph Syrnick, PE, PLS, 215-686-5537
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: The Philadelphia Department of Streets hired CT&C as a consultant to attend community meetings and offer insights, relying on our experience as experts in historic preservation and community and transportation planning. The design solution had to best meet both the technical requirements for the proposed bridge renovations, as well as the community concerns.

Brazils Restaurant
Location: 112 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Wasseem Kalla
Contact: Wasseem Kalla, 215 413-1700
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: After purchasing an historic three story mixed use building, Wasseem Kalla hired CT&C to assist with getting the building up to code and with designing an appropriate storefront to be in keeping with the building's historical age. The existing commercial space in the basement, 1st and 2nd, floors and the residential space on the 3rd floor were in desperate need of adequate fire separation, egress solutions and accessibility features; while the exterior storefront alterations were subject to the Philadelphia Historical Commission's review and approval.

Fairmount Park Trail Master Plan
Location: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Natural Lands Restoration & Environmental Education Program
Contact: Mark Focht, ASLA, Natural Lands Restoration Manager, 215-685-0274
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: CT&C teamed with Andropogon Associates to provide a trail master plan for Cobbs Creek, East and West Fairmount, Tacony, Pennypack and Poquessing Creek Parks. The team's plan includes revealing and protecting the natural and cultural treasures of these parks and making them desirable places to visit with an enhanced trail system. Additionally, the team showed existing links through which the park trail systems are connected to the surrounding communities and public transportation networks.

Lorraine Hotel Conversion
Location: 699 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Goldman Properties
Contact: Don Meginley, 215-725-2955
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: Recently sold by Mother Divine, this building previously served as a hotel for Father Divine's followers or guests who would abide by Father Divine's moral code requirements. This preliminary study included design schemes for various conversion options such as a dorm, hotel or apartments. Review with the PHMC regarding the use of Historic Tax Credits for renovations provided guidance on historically appropriate and acceptable design options should the use of Historic Tax Credits be applied to the renovations.

Pierre's Costume Store
Location: 211-13 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Pierre's Costumes
Contact: Ian Williamson, 610-688-6311
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: Owners of the costume shop purchased an old vacant two story building with a store front shop that was in need of renovations. With a vision of a new eye-catching store front window and brightly lit, spacious shop to display their numerous selection of costumes, owner Ian Williamson hired CT&C to make their vision a reality. CT&C's architectural services included bringing the vacant structure up to building code requirements, designing handicapped accessibility, incorporating new vibrant lighting and extensive ceiling reconstruction for the creation of a mezzanine level.

Reading & Columbia Greenway Master Plan
Location: Borough of Columbia, PA
Client: The Columbia Downtown Development Corporation
Contact: Michael Stark, 717-684-8864
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: CT&C teamed with The RBA Group to prepare a master plan for the development and maintenance of a multi-use greenway and linear trail along the de-activated Reading & Columbia Railroad Line and the Shawnee Run. Also included was the framework of an interpretive scheme for the history of the railroad and adjacent historic resources and development of an environmental education program relative to natural resources present within the corridor.

Ursula Hobson-Fine Art Framing Shop, Gallery & Apartment Renovations
Location: 1600 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA
Client: Ursula Hobson
Contact: Ursula Hobson, 215-546-7889
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: Having purchased and painstakingly renovated the deteriorating Pharmacy along with its upper apartments in 1998, Ursula Hobson was unaware of the 20% Federal historic preservation tax credit administered by the National Park Service for renovations to historic buildings that are 50 years or more old. The renovations included the transformation into a 1st floor art frame shop, a 2nd floor Gallery and 3rd and 4th floor apartments. Although the renovations were completed two years ago, the IRS allows 3 years from the time a return is filed to claim a credit. As a result, Ursula Hobson hired CT&C to complete the required historic preservation certification application for approval from the SHPO and the NPS. Since the client had taken photos prior to the renovations, carefully documented the progress of the renovations and had to acquire exterior renovation approvals from the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the application process could be completed according to Federal regulations.

United Methodist Church of Bala Cynwyd
Location: 14 Levering Mill Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Client: United Methodist Church of Bala Cynwyd
Contact: Dr. G.H. Ferguson, 610-664-3894
Completion Date: 2001
Notes: CT&C was hired to provide architectural services relating to the proposed roofing warranty work at the Church. CT&C discussed with the Church and Roofing specialist a strategy for correcting work performed on the roof and develop a list of warranty, repair, corrective items, and if required, updated specifications.

Convent/School Conversion to Condominiums
Location: 900 E. Moyamensing St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Alan Hunter
Contact: Alan Hunter. 215-463-0202
Completion Date: 2000
Notes: As a resident of the Queen Village Neighborhood, Alan Hunter was concerned about the possible purchase and inappropriate development of the neighboring vacant convent and school. As a result, he purchased the buildings with plans to convert them into aesthetically pleasing condominiums with little alterations to the exterior of the buildings. The convent became his home, and he hired CT&C to do site planning and preliminary design for the school building. The proposed design included subdividing the school for condo type ownership into 4-6 residences with individual entrances, on site parking, private outdoor space, and adding two rental units on the upper 2 floors of the convent with separate entrances through the school. The basement and the fire tower were designed to offer differing office space options for both Alan and his wife.

City Hall Railings ADA/Historic Compliance
Location: Market & Broad Sts., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Capital Programs Office
Contact: Vincent Piciariello, Project Coordinator, 215-683-4445
Completion Date: 2000
Notes: In 1998 the city had installed ADA railings at the NE and NW portals that were not in keeping with the historical design of the building. As a result, Debora Russo Haines, Deputy Managing Director of the Accessibility Compliance Office contacted CT&C to make a recommendation of a railing type, size, location and material that would meet the ADA requirement, as well as be historically appropriate.

Marathon Grill Ramp
Location: 1839 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Marathon Grill, Inc.
Contact: Jay Borish, 215-988-0439
Completion Date: 2000
Notes: After the Marathon Grill, Inc., a well-known local restaurant chain, had purchased and converted the infamous Diner on the Square into the new chic Marathon on the Square, it was in need of a handicapped accessible entrance. CT&C was hired to perform limited architectural services for the design and construction of a new handicapped accessible ramp at the restaurant's only entrance. During construction CT&C had to plan accordingly to keep the restaurant open for business. Additionally, CT&C had to work with the Zoning Department to acquire a variance, work with the Department of Streets for numerous utility reviews and approvals, as well as work with the Historical Commission and local residents association for review and approval prior to receiving a building permit.

Wilbur Chocolate Factory Power Plant
Location: 230 N. Second St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Power Plant Productions
Contact: James Graham, 215-592-7272
Completion Date: 2000
Notes: 226-30 North Second Street stands as a reminder of the necessity of constructing owner supplied power sources up to the early 20th century, as was needed for production at Philadelphia's once famed Wilbur Chocolate Factory. This simple brick power plant with its protruding smokestack contributes to Old City's once thriving commercial and industrial past. Power Plant Productions hired Campbell Thomas & Co. as a Preservation Consultant to assist with the Historic Preservation Certification Application for renovating the building into a photo studio and rental office space, while restoring its existing historic interior and exterior features. As a result, the owner was able to receive a 20% tax credit for the renovations.

Botanic Trail Pre-Development Grant
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Client: Historic Bartram's Garden
Contact: Martha Leigh Wolf, Executive Director, 215-729-5281
Completion Date: 1999
Notes: Following completion of our 1995 trail development study, we assisted our client and their development consultant in obtaining a grant from the William Penn Foundation to begin negotiations with property owners and stakeholders. As project managers, we gave overall direction to the project, and directed the activities of two trail developers hired by Bartram's. We assisted with obtaining grant funds for 1998, and then helped apply for full funding from "NEXTEA."

The Brentwood II Apartments
Location: 4142-44 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Brentwood II Associates and Parkside Historic Preservation Inc.
Contact: James L. Brown IV, Parkside Historic Preservation Corp., 215-473-4900
Completion Date: 1999
Notes: Located in the Parkside National Historic District, this German Baroque Revival twin house contributes to a row of grand structures standing across from Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. In danger of collapse after years of neglect, the building has been rehabilitated into 16 affordable housing units using historic and low income housing tax credits. Incorporated into the design were energy efficient improvements.This transformation is yet another example of the developer's persistant rehabilitation of returning Parkside Avenue to its original grandeur.

Gerhard Building
Location: 130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corp., Inc.
Contact: Thelma Jacks, Executive Director 610-667-2668
Completion Date: 1999
Notes: Lower Merion Housing Corp. hired CT&C to prepare a feasibility analysis of the Gerhard Building as a potential site for redevelopment into affordable one bedroom apartment units for the elderly. The Gerhard Building, on the campus of the Bryn Mawr Hospital, was originally built as a medical wing and is currently being used as an office for a home health organization and storage spaces for the hospital.

Marlton Avenue Apartments
Location: 1721-31 Marlton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Marlton Housing Partnership and We The People With AIDS
Contact: James L. Brown IV, Parkside Historic Preservation Corp., 215-473-4900
Completion Date: 1999
Notes: Located in the Parkside National Historic District, these six severely deteriorated three story German Baroque Revival structures, have been rehabilitated into 25 affordable housing units for people with AIDS. The interiors of these six buildings have been arranged into three apartment buildings, which also include offices and a community meeting room at the first floor and laundry facilities in the basement.

American Swedish Historical Museum
Location:1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Client: American Swedish Historical Museum
Contact: Richard Waldron, Director, 215-389-1776
Completion Date: 1998
Notes: CT&C was chosen for its expertise in historic rehab and accessibility design to effectively plan for the removal of the current accessible barriers, and in the process, improve the functionality of the building. All interior and exterior accessibility alterations will be in keeping with the historical character of the building.

Loudoun Mansion
Location: 4650 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Client: Fairmount Park Commission, City of Philadelphia
Contact: William Mifflin, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Commission, 215-685-0111
Completion Date: 1998
Notes: CT&C was retained to study possible ways to immediately stabilize the Federal style historic house mansion that suffered a fire as a result of a lightning strike. CT&C then developed a phased restoration plan for the Mansion.

The American Friends Center
Location:1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA
Client: The American Friends Center
Contact: Janice Knuth, Specialist on Disabilities Issues, 215-241-7237
Completion Date: 1998
Notes: The Affirmative Action Office of the American Friends Service Committee commissioned CT&C to conduct a survey of which was threefold: Identify barriers, develop cost effective solutions to barrier mitigation and develop a work plan consisting of a prioritized list of work items with associated costs. Thus, creating a Center which is accessible to as many persons as possible.

Walnut Street Apartments
Location: 1324 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Client: 1260 Housing Development Corp.
Contact: Connie Ulrich-Martin, 215-557-8484ext3204
Completion Date: 1998
Notes: CT&C was hired to assist 1260 Housing Corp. with the Historic Preservation Tax Credits, since the building does contribute to the Center City East Commercial Historic District. During construction, CT&C guided 1260 Housing Corp. in maintaining the proper restoration- in keeping with the Secretary of Interior Standards -of the original exterior elements. The original interior offices of the building have been reconfigured to provide 15 one-bedroom apartments for persons of special needs.

Chamounix Mansion Carriage House Youth Hostel
Location: West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Fairmount Park Commission and Friends of Chamounix Mansion
Contact: William O'Brien, Esq., Friends of Chamounix Mansion, 215-487-3800
Completion Date: 1997
Notes: CT&C's transformation of this derelict Carriage House into additional year round, spacious handicapped accessible boarding and conference facilities preserved this beautiful Victorian outbuilding with its complex roof. As a result, the Carriage House can provide additional capacity, when necessary, for the hostel located in the adjacent Mansion.

Rittenhouse Square Guardhouse
Location: Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia, PA
Client: The Friends of Rittenhouse Square
Contact: Wendy Rosen, 610-660-9922
Completion Date: 1997
Notes: This new guardhouse is similar in appearance to an 1873 Fairmount Park guardhouse, which stood at 25th and Green Streets. CT&C worked with Oak Leaf Conservatories Ltd. of York, England where the guardhouse was fabricated. It was later shipped to Philadelphia in sections and assembled at the site. The new guardhouse functions as a headquarters for local security in and around Rittenhouse Square.

13 St. Asaphs Road Elderly Housing
Location: 13 St. Asaphs Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Client: Lower Merion Affordable Housing Corporation
Contact: Thelma Jacks, Executive Director, 610-667-2668
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: CT&C was hired by LMAHC to produce creative affordable housing for the elderly in an aesthetically pleasing historic building, which would remain in keeping with its surrounding area. In this conversion, the 1920's Colonial Revival single-family home's exterior appears virtually unchanged, structurally; while the interior creatively accommodates five accessible/adaptable one-bedroom units for the elderly and a four bedroom family unit for a live-in caretaker.

The Brentwood Apartments
Location: 4120-40 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Brentwood/Parkside Associates
Contact: James L. Brown IV, Parkside Historic Preservation Corp., 215-473-4900
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: Located in the Parkside National Historic District, this group of German Baroque Revival structures was one of the grandest in Philadelphia. Partially collapsed after years of neglect, CT&C provided the design that helped preserve and successfully restore the building. The building was rehabilitated with energy efficient improvements for affordable housing using historic and low income housing tax credits.

Fairmount Park Bikeway and Rail Trail
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Client: Fairmount Park Commission
Contact: William Mifflin, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Commission, 215-685-0111
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: CT&C served as the lead consultant for a feasibility study for improvements along both the Wissahickon Creek, and the Schuylkill River from East Falls to Shawmont. These enhancements are intended to remove the last sections of the Philadelphia to Valley Forge Bikeway from conflicts with urban traffic.

Fairmount Waterworks
Location: Kelly Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Client: City of Philadelphia and Fairmount Park Commission
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: This study combined respect for the buildings' important history with greater public access. It addressed an array of practical considerations including the budget, code compliance, handicapped accessibility, and vehicular access.

Fellowship Farm
Location: 2488 Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown, PA
Client: Fellowship Farm
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: CT&C, partnering with South Street Design, was hired to refocus the Farm's core mission, which had been lost to its present operation as a conference center for outside groups. The team presented a planning process that focused on recycling, renewing, and restoring the grounds which included: enhancing the entrance landscape, building a reception center and moving the present parking lot, designing better signage and lighting for pathways, renovating the outbuildings, upgrading meeting rooms, and enhancing visitor comfort with energy efficient HVAC system.

Saint James Condominium
Location: 336 South Bellevue Avenue, Langhorne, PA
Client: St. James Housing Development Corporation
Contact: Rev. Lloyd Winter, 215-757-3766
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: This Victorian rectory was converted into two separate condominium units, each with its own porch and outside entrance. CT&C incorporated into the design energy efficient improvements, while at the same time retaining interior and exterior historical features by following both the State and Local guidelines for historically certified structures.

First African Presbyterian Church
Location: 4159 Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Client: First African Presb. Church
Contact: Mrs. Elizabeth Nolan, Church Historian, 215-747-1164
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: This study involved the review of the Church's exterior materials and conditions, with recommendations for priority items. With special assistance from our structural engineer, CT&C offered solutions to problems involving the decaying terra cotta ornaments, one of the recommended priority items.

St. George-St. Barnabas Church
Location: 520 S. 61st St, Philadelphia, PA
Client: St. George-St. Barnabas Church
Contact: Mr. William Smallwood, 215-560-2165
Completion Date: 1996
Notes: As a result of combining two congregations, a master plan for architectural and programming services was in great need. The congregation hired CT&C for this planning, at which time CT&C discovered severe problems in the church's bell tower. In addition to completing the planning survey, CT&C coordinated emergency repairs for the bell tower, which was completely restored in the fall of 1995.

Calvary Episcopal Church
Location: Pulaski and Manheim Streets, Germantown, Philadelphia PA
Client: Calvary Episcopal Church
Contact: James Shaefer, Rector's Warden, 215-628-0337
Completion Date: 1995
Notes: CT&C was selected to convert this attractive Victorian rectory into two dwelling units for the Church. Renovation plans included careful consideration to the existing historic interior fabric of the building, which included improving the energy efficiency of the building. CT&C also planned for a completed restoration of the exterior elements.

Christ Community Baptist Church
Location: 1224 North 41st Street, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Christ Community Baptist Church
Contact: Rev. Arthur White, 215-877-4000
Completion Date: 1995
Notes: Initially CT&C assisted the congregation in applying for funding to be used for the necessary architectural analysis of current and future uses of this historic art deco structure, originally a synagogue, and its annex. After the congregation received the necessary funds, CT&C was hired to produce a report addressing code compliance and handicapped accessibility issues.

St. Catherine of Sienna -The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Location: 440 West Penn Street, Philadelphia. PA
Client: The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Contact: Anderson Ingram, 215-465-6677
Completion Date: 1994-5
Notes: While this Mediterranean Revival church underwent significant repair and renovations, Bishop Shelton Rapha retained CT&C to plan & design interior renovations that would be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The design included a system of unobtrusive terraced ramps and landings along the southwest side without destroying the historic feel of the building. The design also included new and improved bathroom facilities for both levels.

The Brantwood Apartments
Location: 4150-2 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Parkside Historic Preservation Corporation & Philadelphia Health Management Corp.
Contact: James L. Brown IV, PHPC, 215-473-4900
Completion Date: 1994
Notes: Located in the Parkside National Historic District, this German Baroque Revival structure serves as a reminder of the prominent German Brewers who developed this area. In danger of collapse after years of neglect, the building has been rehabilitated as transitional housing for single parents using historic and low income housing tax credits.

Chamounix Mansion Carriage House
Location: West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Fairmount Park Commission, City of Philadelphia
Contact: William Mifflin, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Commission, 215-685-0111
Completion Date: 1994
Notes: Fairmount Park hired CT&C to study the possibilities of reusing Chamounix Mansion's existing - but deteriorating - historic carriage house. The study and subsequent design enabled the American Youth Hostels to expand their operations at Chamounix Mansion by restoring and adapting the Carriage House to accommodate new housing.

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Location:4951 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Contact: Not available.
Completion Date: 1994
Notes: CT&C was chosen for its expertise in historic rehab and accessibility design to study the conversion of Paul Robeson's last home into a cultural center for the community. In addition to changes in the organization of the building, the new public facility will require a new elevator and egress stair.

Woodmont, The Mount of the House of the Lord
Location: Gladwyne, Montgomery Co., PA
Client: Palace Mission Church
Contact: Mother Divine, 610-525-5598
Completion Date: 1994
Notes: This study involved helping bring order to Woodmont, which included an analysis and preparing schematic plans for proposed facilities, reuse of the historic buildings, preservation of the landscape, redesign of traffic patterns, and phased cost estimating of improvements that would include a library and visitor's center.

Philadelphia-Valley Forge Trail, Conshohocken-Valley Forge Sections
Location: Montgomery County, PA
Client: Commissioners of Montgomery County
Contact: John Wood, Director of Open Space Planning, Montgomery Co., PA 610-278-3736
Completion Dates: 1993-4
Notes: We have designed ten miles of bikeway, largely on a former Conrail line, and took an active role in negotiations with a large variety of agencies and property owners. Coordination work included the creation of three new grade crossings to allow the bikeway to pass through industrial areas.

4234 Parkside Avenue
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Client: Parkside Historic Preservation Corporation
Contact: James L. Brown IV, 215-473-4900
Completion Date: 1993
Notes: This historic townhouse which lies in a National Historic District was converted into three affordable apartments through preservation, restoration, and revitalization.

Frankford Friends Meeting
Location: Waln Street, Frankford, PA
Client: Frankford Friends Meeting
Contact: Joyce Haley, Secretary, 215-533-5368
Completion Date: 1993
Notes: Frankford Friends Meeting retained CT&C this time to undertake a two phase study, which included renovations to and preservation of the meetinghouse, improvements to ventilation, roof structure, and making facilities accessible to the handicapped.

Bethesda Broad Street Residence
Location: Broad & Brown Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Bethesda Project
Contact: Joseph Ferry, 215-985-1600
Completion Date: 1992
Notes: This study was to determine reusability of a commercial building. Each floor of this former automobile showroom and service building was redesigned to be a separate "household" for 11 formerly homeless persons. Each household included sleeping rooms and group living, dining, and kitchen facilities.

Christian Love Baptist Church
Location: 32nd St. and Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Christian Love Baptist Church
Contact: Rev. George Gibson, 215-763-1211
Completion Date: 1992
Notes: The Church hired CT&C to do a complete analysis of the existing structural, mechanical, electrical, and programming elements, as well as provide a phased cost estimate report for improvements. CT&C also prepared a City of Philadelphia Historic Certification Application, which was approved by the Historical Commission.

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman
Location: Tyler State Park
Client: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman
Contact: The Guild
Completion Date: 1992
Notes: Volunteers completed the 1st phase of the project, while CT&C was hired to complete phases 2 and 3. CT&C completed schematic plans, cost studies and promotional materials for the renovation of the State Crafts Center at Tyler State Park.

The Boyer House & Hayman House Restoration
Location: Valley Forge National Historic Park
Client: National Park Service
Contact: Don Schultz 215-783-1070
Completion Date: 1991
Notes: The Boyer House, a 19th Century Second Empire Victorian House and the Hayman House, a c. 1880 Victorian Gothic residence on the edge of the park, were restored following the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects. Substantial mechanical and electrical upgrades were also performed in both buildings.

Frankford Friends Meeting
Location: Penn and Orthodox Streets, Frankford, PA
Client: Frankford Friends Meeting
Contact: Margaret Trickey, Secretary, 215-533-5368
Completion Date: 1991
Notes: This study combined the preservation and expansion of an early 19th century building for school and religious use. It included extensive consensus building and review of multiple alternatives.

Gratz Street Housing
Location: 1500 Block North Gratz Street, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Enterprise Gratz Street Housing Corporation and National Temple Non-Profit Corporation
Contact: Paul McDonald, J.J. DeLuca Co., 610-995-9440
Completion Date: 1991
Notes: CT&C converted these vacant shells, once grand twin houses, originally constructed as Centennial Row in 1874, into an entire city block of 1 and 2 family dwellings. All were given private entrances, several of which are handicapped accessible. Privately owned buildings within the block received the same exterior treatment as the adjacent renovated shells.

Betsy Ross House
Location: 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
Client: City of Philadelphia
Contact: City of Philadelphia
Completion Date: 1990
Notes: To accommodate the large numbers of tourists that visit this building every year, a new climate control system had to be installed in the building. CT&C was hired to study the feasibility of accomplishing this with as little visual impact as possible. The study was successful and the design met the approval of Philadelphia Art and Historical Commissions.

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Location: 18th and South Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Client: The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Contact: Anderson Ingram, 215-465-6677
Completion Date: 1990
Notes: CT&C was obtained for a study of the complete renovation of an historic property on South Street for future church offices, Bishop's Residence and broad casting facilities.

Hill Café Apartments
Location: 1249-55 Martin Luther King Blvd., Harrisburg, PA
Client: Hill Cafe Partners
Contact: Alan H. Klein, 215-471-3339
Completion Date: 1990
Notes: CT&C redesigned these historic commercial properties to house eighteen new apartments. To complete the project, low income and historic tax credits were used for the renovation.

The Wissahickon
Location: 5200 Block Schuyler Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Rouse Urban Housing, Inc.
Contact: No longer available.
Completion Date: 1990
Notes: CT&C studied this historic Hotel and Apartment complex. The end product of the study was that the building was converted into 52 modern apartments. CT&C expanded the structure by making use of the formerly unused attic to increase the net rentable area and increase the rentability of the units.

Waller House
Location: 1437-9 N. 15th St., Philadelphia, PA
Client: National Temple Non-Profit Housing Corp.
Contact: James DeLuca, J.J. DeLuca Co., 610-995-9440
Completion Date: 1988
Notes: Two adjacent Victorian Mansions were converted into low income apartment units utilizing historic preservation tax credits.

St. Peters Episcopal Church
Location: Wayne and Harvey Streets, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
Client: Rouse Urban Housing
Contact: Roy Diamond, 215-567-6196
Completion Date: 1986
Notes: Originally designed by noted Victorian architect Frank Furness, this historically certified structure showed the first signs of vandalism prior to this adaptive reuse. CT&C converted this former rectory into 8 units of shared housing, while abiding by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Tax credit benefits. The Church negotiated a long-term lease with the developer for this reuse.

Wissahickon Bikeway
Location: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia PA
Client: City of Philadelphia, Fairmount Park Commission
Contact: No longer available
Completion Date: 1980
Notes: As a sub-consultant, CT&C prepared a complete location and design study for this recreational and commuter bikeway through a deep gorge where automobile traffic had overwhelmed a former carriage road. This route now links downtown Philadelphia with Montgomery County via a continuous twelve-mile long bikeway.

Philadelphia-Valley Forge Trail, Spring Mill Section
Location: Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, PA
Client: Commissioners of Montgomery County
Contact: John Wood, Director of Open Space Planning, Montgomery Co., PA 610-278-3736
Completion Date: 1979
Notes: This innovative bikeway, the first section of the Valley Forge Trail, was built on an active railroad right-of-way where one track had been removed. CT&C was instrumental in negotiating with Conrail, and provided full planning, design, bidding, and construction phase services.