Historic Project Wins Connecticut Preservation Award
April 5, 2018
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its 2018 Connecticut Preservation Awards. These annual honors recognize projects that have made significant contributions to the preservation of Connecticut’s historic buildings and places. Among this year’s recipients is the Billings Forge complex in Hartford, which is located in that city’s Frog Hollow National Register District.
Epsilon was proud to be a member of the project team, which undertook a second-generation rehabilitation of this former foundry owned by the Preservation of Affordable Housing/(POAH). When first adapted for residential use more than 30 years ago by a previous owner, the once booming but long vacant complex was saved from destruction. At the same time, however, some well-meaning mistakes were made: the buildings’ original window design was insensitively altered and masonry repairs were executed with little regard for their appearance. Correcting these unfortunate conditions, the recently completed work has restored the foundry’s handsome exteriors while also making improvements to individual apartments and common spaces within the sprawling 12-building site.
Epsilon’s talented historic preservation professionals provided the guidance that helped POAH secure both state and federal historic-rehabilitation tax credits. Moving the project forward, these funding instruments revitalized one of central Hartford’s most important residential and employment resources. Thanks to the team’s efforts on the owners’ behalf, and building on the original conversion decades ago, Billings Forge illustrates how an artifact from New England’s industrial yesteryear can serve the needs of today and tomorrow.