A major rehabilitation project completed within the last two years, possibly using Federal Investment Tax Credit program. Old fabric should be sympathetically maintained and carefully rehabilitated. New construction, if any, should be compatible and of high authentic quality. This award need not be given if no project meets the standards.
This year’s Conable Award recognizes a remarkable and challenging project, completed by Home Leasing Services, LLC with Edgemere Development Corporation, to rehabilitate the former Eastman Dental Dispensary into Eastman Gardens Senior Housing Community. Included in The Landmark Society’s 2013 Five to Revive after sitting vacant for 40 years, the $20.7 million project utilized historic tax credits, low income housing tax credits, and state funding to create 52 apartments, including 43 affordable and nine market-rate units for seniors and physically-handicapped persons. Built in 1917, the Eastman Dental Dispensary was the first of six dental dispensaries funded by Kodak’s George Eastman. With design work executed by architect Jason Simmons of Glasow Simmons Architecture L.L.P., the project also included artists Lex Blaakman and Karen Tremer, who painstakingly recreated missing woodwork, decorative ornamentation and the beloved mural with fairy and folktale characters in the former children’s waiting room.