By Thomas Brown – Development Manager, NYC
This year, Phase 1 of Randolph Houses will receive the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Award, an award that recognizes projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation or adaptive reuse of historic buildings. The awards are named for Lucy G. Moses, a New Yorker whose generosity benefited the city for more than 50 years. The Lucy G. Moses Awards are the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation honoring projects that “provide jobs, promote tourism, maintain beloved institutions, and protect the character of the City.”
The first phase of the Randolph Houses project successfully rehabilitated 22 of the 36 five story Old Law tenement buildings that make up the development. Once slated for demolition due to its deteriorating state, Trinity took on the Randolph Houses project, along with partners West Harlem Group Assistance and NYCHA, to execute on the historic rehabilitation of the existing structures into two sets of interconnected and fully handicap-accessible buildings. The building facades have been restored and now feature repaired brownstone, limestone and brick, as well as new cast-iron window surrounds, new windows and doors. The interiors of the buildings have been completely demolished and rehabilitated into 168 units of affordable and public housing, along with community spaces. The reconfigured 168 units are a mix of studio, one-, two-, three- and four bedroom apartments designed to accommodate family living. The rehabilitated buildings contain community space, computer lab, fitness room and storage for residents. There are also site improvements which include two children’s play areas for different age groups and active and passive outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy.
We strongly believe in preserving the architectural integrity of the neighborhoods we work in while creating a positive change for all residents. Trinity, along with our partners from West Harlem Group Assistance and NYCHA, is honored to receive this award. Thank you, New York Landmarks Conservancy, for including Randolph Houses among your 2017 winners!