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June 30, 2017
Member News

Two Cecil Baker + Partners Projects Honored by ULI Philadelphia, Preservation Alliance

By Mary Tasillo
Urban Land Institute Philadelphia named Engine 38 a winner of the Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Award for Excellence on June 14.

Cecil Baker + Partners recently celebrated two award-winning projects: Engine 38 in the city’s Tacony neighborhood – a project with the Philadelphia Fire Department – and The Chesterman residential building in Fishtown.

Urban Land Institute Philadelphia named Engine 38 a winner of the Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Award for Excellence on June 14. ULI Philadelphia recognizes outstanding and transformational land use developments, best practices and creative visioning. Completed in 2013, Engine 38 was the City’s first new firehouse in 15 years. Cecil Baker + Partners’ design brings together the notions of civic presence, site scale and context, and the neighborhood’s rich early industrial history within a rare expanse of urban green space. The architectural design delicately integrates the two-story building into the sloped terrain of Disston Park, preserving and enhancing the surrounding public grounds and recreational facilities.

The new Engine 38 houses both the fire station and community space. Primary Fire Department functions are located on the first floor, while a community room on the second floor is accessed directly from the park grounds through an inviting front porch that reflects the context and scale of nearby Victorian buildings.

Cecil Baker + Partners is currently working again with the Philadelphia Fire Department to design an addition to Engine 37 located in Chestnut Hill. As the city’s oldest active fire house, this building requires a design that will modernize the facility while preserving its historic integrity. The design recently received approvals from the Philadelphia Historical Commission and Art Commission.

On June 7, The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia honored The Chesterman among its 2017 Grand Jury Award Winners. Located at 410 Memphis Street in Fishtown, The Chesterman was formerly an industrial building that Cecil Baker + Partners – in partnership with Kassis Ventures and GY Properties – converted into 57 contemporary living units.

Cecil Baker + Partners continues to work at the vanguard of the intersection of historical preservation and contemporary development, having recently completed the architectural design of Van Pelt Mews in Center City. This project includes a mix of adaptive reuse and new construction townhouses, with an emphasis on maintaining the architectural integrity of the Rittenhouse/Fitler Square Historic District. Nearby at 2110 Walnut Street, the firm is currently working with Astoban Investments on the restoration of an existing classic brownstone and adjacent new construction.

Cecil Baker + Partners is an architecture firm providing design services to governmental, educational, institutional and private sector clients. Established in 1982 and based in Philadelphia, the firm's services include feasibility studies, programming, design of new structures, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and interior design.

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