415 North Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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The project for Atlee Hall, LLP included the complete renovation of an early 1900’s Georgian Revival style building in the City of Lancaster.  Originally a large single family residence with a carriage house, the building was modified numerous times since its construction, to serve a variety of programmatic functions including: an insurance office, residential apartments and most recently, a funeral home.

Despite the significant alterations to the structure, many of the historic details remained veiled beneath layers of improvements lacking the requisite sensitivity.   The building’s potential was unlimited for an owner willing to tackle the deferred maintenance and years of inappropriate modifications.  Each of the buildings systems, severely outdated, were replaced.   A new accessible entry, elevator access to the upper floors and progressive office space for the firms four partners and twenty-five employees were programmatic necessities, but within the constraints of the building’s historical details.  

The design work included the reorganization of circulation paths, the subtle introduction of separation assemblies and the restoration of the main entry hall and stair.  A carefully concealed addition, housed the elevator shaft and access to the newly constructed partners lounge and roof deck.  The overall design resolved to incorporate the preserved historical context with juxtapositions of modern custom elements.  Professional services also included office space planning for each employee, interior design, furniture selection  and several custom designed and locally  sourced furniture pieces.

Project Awards

Restoration/Adaptive Re-Use C. Emlem Urban Award by The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Commonwealth Award for Historic Adaptive Reuse by the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania