Historic Preservation Projects

McHoul Funeral Home, Hopewell Junction, NY
Funeral Home Addition
Funeral Home Chapel

MCHOUL FUNERAL HOME - Hopewell Junction, NY

Having completed expansion of this client’s home (a circa 1900 “Sears and Roebuck” kit home), we were commissioned to expand their historically designated funeral home.  Sensitive to the home’s character and prominence in local history, the client knew that the magnitude of the addition may jeopardize the scale of the structure and degrade it’s appearance.  Further, the facility was to remain operational during a major renovation / restoration.

With these as parameters we utilized a variety of small “building blocks” to achieve the appearance of a structure added to over the years.  This concept also allowed us to build a number of smaller additions which kept interruption of business activities to a minimum.  Architectural queues were taken from the existing vocabulary of details and forms - multiple (gabled) roof pitches, windowed bay projections, ornate cornice and window trims, and an interior circulation path which extended the historic center hall organizational pattern.

The program required stabilization of the existing structure, the creation of additional viewing rooms, an expanded preparation area, a new sales and display suite, and a feature unique to the area - a liturgically designed multi-faith chapel. 

Givans Avenue Restoration - Wappingers Falls, NY
Restoration (BEFORE)

Residence Move and Restoration, Clinton Corners, NY
Residence Move - Clinton Corners, NY
Residence Restoration - Clinton Corners, NY
Residence Restoration Library - Clinton Corners, NY
Residence Renovation Library Stair - Clinton Corners, NY
Residence Restoration Library 2nd Floor - Clinton Corners, NY

This project is a study in gracefully combining authentic historic charm with state of the art technology. The heart of the design was a center hall colonial dating back to the early 1800's. The Owners were deeply attached to the history and character of the house. Unfortunately, it was located next to a busy thoroughfare, which compromised it’s aesthetic and functional value.

The initial challenge was moving this invaluable piece of history to its new location on the crown of a 200 acre lot surrounded by rolling hills and rambling farms. A particularly unique aspect of the project was that the structure was insulated and rewired from the exterior to preserve the original trim and moldings throughout the interior. State of the art mechanical systems were incorporated at this time, without
compromising the historic charm of the house. 

Hand in hand with the restoration process was the incorporation of an addition housing a modern kitchen and innovative library. The kitchen artfully blended country character and charm with up to date conveniences. Because the library was to house an extensive literary collection including some rare volumes, careful attention was paid to climate control and lighting concerns. Once completed, the addition was completely indistinguishable from the original structure.

In these rapidly changing times, the preservation of the history of the Mid-Hudson region is often limited to the large estates. This home will continue to survive well into the next century, preserved, protected, and remembered.


As complex as the architectural and planning issues of urban revitalization may become, they are dwarfed by the often-times diametrically opposing “agendas” of it’s participants.  This was the case as we worked in several municipalities with the New York State Urban Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corp.

Our greatest challenge was the coordination of our goals for proper restoration and preservation of the historic properties, with the short and long term goals of  the business owners and the financial constraints and conditions of the State.  Common ground was found in that all parties wanted to improve the overall appearance and character of the Towns and Villages.

Property owners were given a 50% matching grant for all improvements which qualified for funding on the facade only - structural repairs were the responsibility of the owners.  While restoring the buildings to their original splendor, it was imperative to maintain the budget imposed by the Urban Development Corp.  Consequently, the concerns and needs of the owners and occupants of the properties were balanced with the objectives of the design team, as well as with the financial constraints placed on the project.

Historic House Restoration - Poughkeepsie, NY
Rear Entry