Connecticut Historic Preservation Architects | Historic Architectural Preservation Designers

A Historic Preservation Architect (heritage preservation or heritage conservation) endeavors to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance. Historic Preservation Architecture tends to refer specifically to the preservation of the built environment, and not to preservation of, for example, primeval forests or wilderness

Smith Edwards McCoy Architects is nationally and locally recognized for its distinguished contribution to the field of historic preservation. In 2009, culminating over 30 years of preservation work the firm was the recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in Cultural and Tourism for its significant contribution to preserving Connecticut’s architectural heritage. Smith Edwards McCoy continues to be a leader in the specialized field of preservation and adaptive reuse.

Smith Edwards McCoy Architects has had the good fortune to serve as architect for many of Connecticut’s most prestigious restorations and largest adaptive reuse projects.

Our engagement involves most every building type that makes up Connecticut’s cities and towns: civic structures, museums, monuments, firehouses, schools, factories, offices, housing of all types and even cemeteries. Major civic projects include the historic documentation of the Connecticut State Capital, restoration of Old State House in Hartford, the restoration and addition to the former Phoenix Life Insurance Company for use as a State office building.

For Trinity College we undertook the meticulous exterior restoration of its Long Walk Buildings designed by William Burgess and constructed in the 1870’s as the first Collegiate Gothic buildings constructed in the United States. The interiors of these buildings were also restored, re-establishing the residential suites in Jarvis Hall, and restoring the classrooms, lecture halls and faculty offices in Seabury Hall. For the University of Hartford we took an abandoned and derelict car dealership, and converted it into a sparkling new 50,000 s.f. performance arts center that now brims with creative endeavors of dancers and musicians.

Our restoration expertise even extends to the preservation of modern landmarks, such as the Phoenix Mutual “Boat Building” in Hartford constructed in 1963.

Our skill in preservation and adaptive reuse has developed over time, but is rooted in scholarship and grounded in an understanding of building technology as it relates to specific architectural styles and periods. To these buildings we bring creative design solutions that accentuate the architectural character of these structures while gracefully accommodating the programmatic needs of today’s clients.