Revitalization and Architectural Preservation
for Affordable Housing in Lower Merion
During the past eight
years, this single family 1920's Colonial Revival home with flanking
office additions had been vacant and became deteriorated due to
neglect. In this conversion, the building's exterior appears virtually
unchanged, structurally; while the interior creatively accommodates
six new apartment units. Five accessible/adaptable 1 bedroom units
have been developed on the first floor of the
building, as affordable
housing for the elderly. The top two floors have been developed as a
four bedroom family unit for a live-in caretaker for the building.
Even though the
structure was not considered eligible for listing on the National
Register, CTC pursued a course that would preserve as much of the
structure's interior and exterior elements, within the limits of the
program constraints. These constraints involved the issues of
preservation, lead paint abatement and project construction budget.
The end result: Creative affordable housing for the elderly in an
aesthetically pleasing historic building which remains in keeping with
its surrounding area.