Connecticut Housing Architects and Home Design Specialist | House Architecture Home Designers

From its inception in 1977, Connecticut Housing Architects Smith Edwards McCoy has been deeply involved in housing architectural design of all types. Our very first project was the preservation and renovation of some 53 historic houses in the Congress Street area of Hartford. In 1979, we completed Hartford’s first mill conversion: the re-purposing of the former Billing Forge factory into 99 apartments. In 1995, Smith Edwards McCoy won a National AIA Urban Design Award for the renovation of 13 historic buildings in New Haven’s Ninth Square into 150 apartments and street level retail space. All these were successfully completed utilizing Federal Historic Tax Credit program.

Smith Edwards McCoy has continued its involvement as home architectural design specialists up to the present, recently completing the conversion of two former schools to housing. One, Cathedral Green, involved the conversion of the former Catholic High School in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood. This sturdy and handsome brick building is now 28 units of supportive housing. The spacious apartments have high ceilings, wood floors, and generous windows. Tell tale elements, such as slate chalk boards, transom lights, and elegant glazed brick have gracefully been incorporated into the design. The other, just completed, also for Catholic Charities, is an early modern former school facility in Waterbury, CT. It is now 20 apartments. Both these projects were financed through the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) and utilized the State’s Historic Tax Credit program.

Smith Edwards McCoy is committed to the revitalization of our cities and town centers and believe that housing plays a critical role in such efforts. We are encouraged by the current “back to the city” movement, and look forward to our continued involvement in designing housing and homes for city residents.

Over the years we have designed market rate housing, student housing, affordable housing, supporting and senior housing for a wide variety of clients We have even designed a group home for persons with sight impairments. On a selective basis we also enjoy designing private residences. Most of our home architectural design has involved the renovation of former housing or the adaptive reuse of an existing building. Our skill in renovation work is augmented by our understanding of governmental housing and tax credit programs and their respective design requirements, a blend of skills that is appreciated by the housing developers.