Princeton, NJ, December 03, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Two prestigious organizations honored Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC for its preservation of New Jersey landmarks, including Cass Gilbert’s early 20th-century Essex County Courthouse and Princeton University’s Whig Hall, which was transformed in the early 1970s by the late Charles Gwathmey. The buildings have been updated for contemporary use and preserved as part of the state’s cultural legacy.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)’s New Jersey Chapter presented Farewell Mills Gatsch (FMG) with merit awards as part of its Annual Design Awards program for the historic preservation of Whig Hall and the New Jersey State Museum. Preservation New Jersey honored FMG with a Building Industry Network Award for the restoration of the Essex County Courthouse and Newark City Hall.
“Receiving these accolades from the professional organizations in our field is a great honor,” said Michael Mills, partner in charge of preservation at Farewell Mills Gatsch. “These projects are at the heart of our firm’s commitment to preserving our cultural legacy by bringing our knowledge of architectural history and design innovation to each project.”
The AIA New Jersey’s Annual Design Awards celebrate design excellence. FMG made essential infrastructure upgrades to two modern buildings. FMG preserved and highlighted the character of the New Jersey State Museum, an important mid-century building, to enhance the visitor experience. The firm also created climate-controlled environments to protect the museum’s collections and improved the curatorial facilities.
The AIA Award for Whig Hall at Princeton University honors two restoration projects. Several years ago, FMG restored the exterior elements of the neo-classical building of 1893, which is home to the oldest debating society in the United States. In the early 1970s, famed architect Charles Gwathmey, who passed away in August of this year, modernized its interior. FMG renovated the modern interior and added new infrastructure while maintaining the clarity of Gwathmey’s vision.
Preservation New Jersey’s awards program recognizes organizations and individuals who have made sustained contributions to the understanding and promotion of historic preservation in New Jersey. FMG carried out the critical restoration of the 100-year-old Essex County Courthouse, which was designed by architect Cass Gilbert.
Newark City Hall, which was completed in 1906, was in serious disrepair before FMG’s restoration, which addressed issues such as the building’s outdated drainage system, inoperable windows, patchwork repairs, and damaged granite façade. The newly refurbished building was unveiled almost exactly 100 years after its original opening, in December 2006.
About Farewell Mills Gatsch
Farewell Mills Gatsch is an award-winning architecture firm, which specializes in both new design and historic preservation. The two disciplines reinforce each other in the firm’s practice. FMG designs thoughtfully crafted new buildings based in understanding of historical context and preserves buildings by drawing on deliberate, studied solutions to accommodate contemporary use. The firm, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, numbers 25 practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and interests. Areas of concentration include academic institutions, judicial and civic facilities, and theaters and performing arts centers. A monograph, Stagings, was published by l’Arca Edizioni in 2001. Additional information on the firm’s work is available at www.fmg-arch.com.