Saint Mary Place

This 1898 school building, originally constructed for the children of the congregation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London, CT, was converted into affordable supportive housing in collaboration with The Connection, Inc. Saint Mary Place now features twenty studio and one-bedroom apartments with historic detailing and modern amenities. The team worked…

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Project Share: Saint Mary Place Animation

We have produced a GIF (Graphics Interface Format) image of the exterior of Saint Mary Place. The animated file shows the exterior renovation phases of this converted historic school in New London: The existing building The removal of the fire escapes The replacement of central windows and addition of a main entrance portico The addition of…

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Adaptive Reuse: Saint Mary Place

A look at the interior of an historic school building conversion to affordable apartments. AN EXISTING BUILDING This elementary school was built in 1898 for the children of the Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church parish. The school was closed after over a century of use and the building remained vacant save for Sunday school…

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St Mary school to be transformed into affordable housing

New London – St. Mary Star of the Sea School closed its doors at the end of the school year in 2012, a move that some considered traffic but necessary because of declining enrollment and mounting financial hurdles. Now, the former Roman Catholic elementary school that educated scores of students in grades 1 through 8…

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Learn About Helpful Funding Sources for Historic Building Renovations 

If you own a historic building and are considering improving it, you should keep in mind that there are funds available for the renovation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these types of structures. The Secretary of the Interior maintains separate “standards” documents for the different types of work performed on historic properties, but our team can…

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How We Make Structures More Resilient in Historic Preservation Projects

At Patriquin Architects, we do a great deal of work on historic buildings, including many with historic significance to their surrounding area. In order to maximize the lifespan of these unique and interesting structures, and ensure that they are a vital part of the local historic fabric for decades to come, our first question in…

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Hidden Historic Treasures: How to Find and Preserve Them

As our work has shown many times through the years, when renovating an older building there is often an opportunity to find, salvage, and restore elements of historic or architectural significance. We’ve also learned that sometimes we have to choose which part of a building’s history should be preserved, and which areas should be modified…

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Patriquin Architects Sees Projects Continue During the Pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way construction work is coordinated and executed, we have a number of projects that are continuing to make great progress. Our team, and the builders we work with, have been able to maintain our momentum in part because adapting and being nimble are second nature to architects and…

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