Frens and Frens, LLC

120 N. Church Street
Suite 207
West Chester
PA
19380
Phone: 
(610) 430-7730
Fax: 
(610) 430-7621
Year Established 
1986
About the Firm 
THE FIRM OF FRENS AND FRENS, LLC is a professional architectural consulting firm specializing in building restoration and rehabilitation, space planning, historic site planning, and facilities management services. Established in 1985, the firm is composed of a staff of restoration architects, space planners, and CAD operators. The staff at Frens and Frens brings to each client the skills and experience in planning, design, documentation and project management vital to the delivery of projects on schedule and within budget. The firm has successfully completed major rehabilitation and site assessment projects by forming and managing well-coordinated project teams experienced in the documentation and evaluation of existing facilities.
Types of Work
Historic Preservation/Restoration: 
80%
Museum/Galleries: 
10%
Religious Facilities: 
10%
Firm Personnel
Total Staff This Office: 
4
Architects (Registered): 
1
Interior Designers: 
1
Interns/Draftspeople: 
1
Administration: 
1
Projects 
2014 Consulting Restoration Architect/Architectural and Engineering Services for the County of Chester, West Chester, PA...2014 Conversion of the Historic Chester County Courthouse to District Court, County of Chester, West Chester, PA...2014 Architectural Services for Hibernia Mansion Improvements for the County of Chester, West Chester, PA...2013 Architectural Investigation of the Brandywine Mansion for the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum, Coatesville, PA...2013 Restoration and Stabilization of the Cornwall Iron Furnace, for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Department of General Services, Lebanon, Pennsylvania... 2013 Conversion of the Historic Chester County Courthouse to District Court, County of Chester, West Chester, PA...2012 Conditions Assessment and Maintenance Plan for 236 Buildings, Structures, and Ruins, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware...2012 Preservation of Andrew Wyeth Studio for the Brandywine Conservancy, Chadds Ford, PA...2012 Historic Structure Report for Old Swedes Church and Hendrickson House for Old Swedes Foundation...2012 Rehabilitation of 15 Buildings at Frick’s Lock Village, East Coventry Township, Chester County, PA...Project Director, Preservation Consultant Services for Historic Sites and Museums, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (5-year contract, 80 firm design/build consulting team)...Building Envelope Rehabilitation of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore, MD...Exterior Rehabilitation of the Lehigh Valley Engine House Building for the White Haven Community Library, White Haven, PA...Historical Consultant for the Restoration of the St. Louis Public Library...Preservation and Rehabilitation of Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA...Consulting Restoration Architect for the Rehabilitation of Amtrak's Wilmington Station, Wilmington, DE...Stabilization of the Charlestown Woolen Mill, Charlestown Township, Chester County, PA...Rehabilitation of the West Chester Public Library Building, West Chester, PA...Exterior Rehabilitation of the Chester County Courthouse...Rehabilitation of the Beechwood Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA...Exterior Rehabilitation of the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station and Visitor Center for Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Jim Thorpe, PA...Rehabilitation of the Coxe Property Buildings and William Garrett House at Historic Sugartown, Willistown Township, PA...Markham Train Station and Visitor Center (Newlin Grist Mill), Glen Mills, PA...Master Plan for The Mill at Anselma, Chester Springs, PA.
Awards 
2014 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award - Andrew Wyeth Studio, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia...2013 Initiative Award for Stewardship - Frick’s Lock Village Building Rehabilitation and Mothballing, Exelon Corporation, Pottstown, PA, Preservation Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards...2013 Grand Jury Award – Frick’s Lock Village Building Rehabilitation and Mothballing, Exelon Corporation, Pottstown, PA, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia...2013 Library Building Honor Awards, St. Louis Public Library, Central Library, as Historic Architectural Consultant to Cannon Design, St. Louis, MO. AIA / American Library Association (ALA)...2013 Architizer A+ Public Award, St. Louis Public Library, Central Library, as Historic Architectural Consultant to Cannon Design, St. Louis, MO, A competition based on more than 135,000 public votes worldwide...2013 Library Building Honor Award, America’s Best Buildings of the Year (ABBY) Awards, St. Louis Public Library, Central Library, as Historic Architectural Consultant to Cannon Design, St. Louis, MO, Citation Buildings Magazine...2013 West Chester Historic Preservation Awards, Bricks and Mortar Award – Preservation and Addition to the David Townsend House, West Chester, PA, West Chester Downtown Foundation...2012 Preservation Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards for 511 West Miner Street, West Chester, PA(Residential Construction Project Category)...2012 West Chester Historic Preservation Awards, Bricks and Mortar Award for the Rehabilitation of the Frens House, 511 West Miner Street, West Chester, PA (West Chester Downtown Foundation)...2011 West Chester Historic Preservation Awards, Bricks and Mortar Award for the Rehabilitation of the West Chester Public Library, West Chester, PA (West Chester Downtown Foundation)...2011 Award of Merit for the Exterior Restoration of the Read House, Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington, DE (American Association for State and Local History)...2011 Grand Jury Award for the Rehabilitation of Old Town Hall, Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington, DE (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2008 Grand Jury Award for the Restoration of Christ Church Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2007 Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, Dover, DE (Preservation Delaware)...2007 Heritage Tourism Award for the Restoration of Abbott’s Mill, Milford, DE (Preservation Delaware)...2006 Construction Project Award for the Restoration of the West Chester Public Library, West Chester, PA (Preservation Pennsylvania)...2006 Grand Jury Award for Restoration of the West Chester Public Library, West Chester, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2005 Historic Preservation Award for the Stabilization of the Charlestown Woolen Mill, Charlestown Township, Chester County, PA (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)...2005 Grand Jury Award for the Exterior Restoration of the Chester County Courthouse, West Chester, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2004 Grand Jury Award for the Rehabilitation of the General Store Complex, Sugartown Village, Willistown Township, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2004 Grand Jury Award for the Exterior Preservation of the Thomas Mill, Exton, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2003 Construction Project Award for the Exterior Conservation of the John Bartram House, Philadelphia, PA (Preservation Pennsylvania)...2003 Grand Jury Award for the West Chester Preservation and Design Guidelines, West Chester, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2003 Palladio Award for the Rehabilitation of Beechwood Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA (Traditional Building Magazine)...2002 Merit Award for the Rehabilitation of Beechwood Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA (AIA Pennsylvania)...2002 Public Choice Award (by ballot) for the Rehabilitation of Beechwood Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA (AIA Philadelphia Design Excellence Competition)...2002 Grand Jury Award for the Rehabilitation of Beechwood Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...2002 Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of Beechwood Estate, Bryn Mawr, PA (Township of Lower Merion HARB)...2001 Preservation Award for Restoration of Markham Train Station and New Visitor Center at Newlin Grist Mill, Glen Mills, PA (Delaware County Heritage Commission)...2001 National Design Award for the West Chester Bi-Centennial Parking Garage, West Chester, PA (International Parking Institute)...2001 Restoration Award for the Exterior Restoration of the Arsenal on the Green, New Castle, Delaware (New Castle Historical Society)...1999 Design Excellence Award Restoration of the Indian River Lifesaving Station, Bethany Beach, Delaware (AIA Philadelphia)...1998 Historic Preservation Achievement Award for the Restoration of the Addison Tollhouse, Somerset County, PA (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)...1997 Grand Jury Award for the Conservation of the Concrete Roof of the Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA (Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia)...1997 Preservation Award for the Exterior Restoration of the Old Chester Court House, Chester, PA (Delaware County Heritage Commission)...1996 Public Building Award for the Rehabilitation of the History Center, Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA (Building Excellence Awards of the Delaware Valley)...1996 Certificate of Merit for the Rehabilitation of the History Center, Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)...1996 Adaptive Reuse Award for the Offices of the Environmental Management Center, The Brandywine Conservancy, Chadds Ford, PA (Delaware County Heritage Commission)...1994 Preservation Award for the Restoration of the Dulin Log Cabin, Delaware County, PA (Delaware County Heritage Commission)...1994 Design Award for the Restoration of the Rotunda of the 1831 Main Hall, Sailors Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY, 1994 (New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission)...1992 Design Award for the Outdoor Historical Interpretive Exhibits at Governor Printz Park, Essington, PA, and Morton Homestead Park, Prospect Park, PA (American Association for State and Local History).
Contacts
Primary Contact: 
Dale H. Frens, AIA
Principals: 
Dale H. Frens, AIA
Senior Associates: 
Susan H. Frens
Consultant: 
Dale H. Frens, AIA
Supplier: 
Dale H. Frens, AIA
Marketing: 
Dale H. Frens, AIA
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