Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — New Jersey — May 11 - 24, 2012 — 31A


C entral N ew J ersey

RENTON, NJ — The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute Interior Architecture category Clarke Caton Hintz receives AIA-NJ Design award for its office space at the Masonic Temple T

of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Trenton, N.J.-based architecture and planning firm, Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), with a Merit award in the “Interior Architecture” category of its annual Design Day Competition. The award was given to CCH for the his- toric preservation and renova- tion of the firm’s third floor office at the Trenton Masonic Temple, located at 100 Bar- rack St. in Trenton, N.J. “Clarke Caron Hintz’s proj- ect exemplifies great historic preservation work,” said Lau- rence E. Parisi, president of AIA-NJ. “I am honored to recognize CCH for their de- sign talents, dedication and commitment to their craft and to the architectural com- munity.” CCH discovered the unfin- ished third floor of the Trenton Masonic Temple while work- ing with the Masons to pre- pare a long-term preservation strategy for the 80-year-old building. The Grand Lodge of New Jersey, the statewide Masonic organization, ac- quired the building in 2004 for the purposes of restoring and managing its use. During the preservation work, CCH realized the potential of the extraordinary third floor and decided to undertake the reno- vation project for the firm’s new headquarters. The Trenton Masonic Tem- ple was originally constructed in 1927 to house five lodges. The neo-classical limestone building is one of the last truly grandMasonic Lodge facilities in the state. “The third floor had been de- signed to be three additional meeting rooms, but was never finished,” saidMichael Hanra- han, associate partner at CCH and immediate past president of AIA-NJ. “With 25-to-35 foot ceilings, large exposed con- crete columns and beautiful views, this space presented tremendous opportunities, yet it had stood empty for over 80 years.” The design for the new fa- cility takes advantage of the extraordinary spatial and material qualities of the third floor. Steel trusses supporting the roof have been exposed and new skylight openings have been added. Most of the large, open spaces remain

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