Archiscape Blog

Learn About Helpful Funding Sources for Historic Building Renovations 

By Karin | August 25, 2021

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…

Saint Mary Place: How We Converted a Historic School into Affordable Housing

By Jeannette | August 18, 2021

The conversion of a historic building for a new use and to include modern amenities requires special care. However, the result can be extremely rewarding. In the case of what is now called Saint Mary Place, we were able to preserve and restore an important landmark while giving it a new life as much-needed supportive…

How to Create Successful Master Plans for Early Childhood Facilities

By Jeannette | July 29, 2021

Master planning in any environment has its challenges. When it’s done within the broader context of an academic campus, a high degree of coordination with the institution’s existing plans, processes, and goals is essential.   Our firm recently undertook a project for a new facility called the Neighborhood Preschool on the campus of Wesleyan University.…

How Traveling to a New Locale Can Inspire New Analytical Skills

By Karin | July 18, 2021

It is important to travel – at a young age and throughout our lives. Travel can be local or can be distant, as long as the journey helps take us away from our daily patterns. Our family recently went to New Mexico (I have written about this locale before). From there, we drove to Breckenridge,…

Patriquin Architects’ Favorite Local Designs

By Brian | June 28, 2021

As summer begins and the world starts to open up again, we thought it would be fun to ask our team what are some of their favorite local spots or designs throughout Connecticut. We hope this blog post will inspire people to get out there and explore new places! Aurora Within architecture and architecture school…

Tools of the Trade: Physical Model-Making

By Brian | June 26, 2021

There are many ways to help a client visualize the architectural design we’re developing for them, from initial hand-drawn sketches to highly precise CAD drawings. But because we all live in a three-dimensional world, there is nothing quite like a physical model to bring a design to life. And, of course, we all played with…

Passive House Accelerator Magazine – Retrofits 2021

By Karin | June 24, 2021

Our building renovation is featured in the Passive House Accelerator magazine! Check out the magazine and our article on page 52 here.    

Welcome to the Team, Aurora Perreault!

By Karin | June 1, 2021

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new summer intern, Aurora Perreault! Aurora is an architecture student at University of Hartford, is President of the NOMAS chapter there, and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+  community. Read our Q&A below to get to know Aurora and discover her insights on architecture,…

How We Make Structures More Resilient in Historic Preservation Projects

By Karin | May 18, 2021

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…

Hidden Historic Treasures: How to Find and Preserve Them

By Karin | May 10, 2021

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…