Urban Quotient

Cedars

Bronx, NY
95-Unit Affordable Housing Development & Historic Restoration
(Completed at UAI)

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Denison-White Mansion, shown here as the Longwood Club, circa 1910

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Site in 2004, prior to restoration and new construction

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Shoring of historic façade during demolition and excavation

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Foundations & new steel structure for Fox Hall

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Interior steel framing in Fox Hall

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First and second floor masonry and concrete of residential portion

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Restored Fox Hall and new residential building near completion

Cedars is a new 95-unit residential building and community facility for low-income and formerly homeless families. Located in the Longwood Historic District in the South Bronx, the project includes the exterior restoration of the landmarked Denison-White Mansion, now dedicated for the residents’ supportive services and community gathering space.

Cedars is designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating and was also selected as a pilot project for the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Energy Star Program for multi-family residential buildings – the state’s first concerted effort to change building practice in regard to energy consumption in residential buildings. Among the key features implemented were a ground-source geothermal well system for heating and cooling, a green roof, and other energy-saving measures, which together will reduce the energy consumption of the building by more than 40%.

The design of the new building defers to its context in its massing and details. It also embraces the centrality of the historic building, now called Fox Hall, serving as a backdrop which wraps around and offsets the renovated structure. Fox Hall serves as the main hub of activity and community gathering space at the heart of the project. On the interior, the freestanding columns and open stair in the center reinforce this centrality, connecting the various program spaces together.

LEED Gold Rating

Landmark Conservancy Grant Winner:
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

“Save Our Treasures” Grant Winner:
US Dept. of the Interior

Honorable Mention:
Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Green Housing Category