SARATOGA, N.Y. — On Thursday, September 23rd, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation hosted their Annual Preservation Recognition Awards Ceremony and gave honor to a total of 18 projects in the city that successfully preserved the architectural heritage of Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Springs City Hall restoration project was among this year’s award recipients, bringing home the prestigious Interior Rehabilitation Award.
Constructed in 1871, the Saratoga Springs City Hall is on the National Historic Registry and is very much a part of the city’s fabric today. After a fire in 2018 left the building with significant water damage and in desperate need of repairs, CPL stepped in to renovate and restore the 60,000 sq. ft. facility back to its former glory.
In addition to addressing essential building system upgrades, CPL helped re-plan the city’s departmental space assignments, which allowed for a significant expansion of the Courts Administration on the building’s second floor. The team also redesigned the heavily damaged Music Hall with acoustical improvements to ensure the space could continue to host future City events.
The effort to restore and re-create finishes, trim profiles and lighting fixtures was critical to achieving historic continuity and context. For example, the design team restored details from the building’s original design, such as rose windows and stained glass, to reveal the building’s unique character and conserve its historical significance.
Today, the City Hall proudly stands as a safe, accessible and welcoming building with its historical integrity fully preserved and in tact.
To be considered for nomination by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Awards Committee, projects must meet a particular set of criteria and considerations. Click here for more information about the awards ceremony and this year’s winning projects.
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Community, Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Transportation – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients.