Historic Preservation Planning
The presence of older buildings enhances and graces the built environment by providing a connection to local heritage and fostering stronger communities. Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects concentrates its practice on this important aspect of professional
architecture practice. The preparation of preservation planning documents such as Historic Preservation Plans, Historic Structures Reports and Historic Site Master Plans begins with historical research and documentation, and follows a logical sequence of activities including conditions assessments, use and interpretation evaluations, architectural and material conservation recommendations, establishment of priorities and projection of probable costs.
The planning document process includes developing a project team of engineers, landscape architects, material conservators, and archeologists tailored to the needs of each historic building, site or structure. Connolly & Hickey has extensive experience in developing preservation interventions that are sensitive to the historic fabric, and that understand the cultural value of each resource. Our firm has evaluated a variety of building types from a wide range of historical periods.
Reports and evaluations are tailored to the individual needs of the building and client. All recommendations are made with consideration not only of the buildings’ needs but also of the client’s budget and that comply with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Cultural Resource Management
Margaret M. Hickey, R.A. serves as the Principal Historic Preservation Specialist for the firm and is responsible for ensuring projects comply with preservation standards. Margaret holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Prior to moving into private practice in 1999, Margaret served as a Program Officer at the New Jersey Historic Trust where she gained knowledge and experience in fundraising for historic preservation projects. Margaret works with clients throughout the project especially during the grant processes. Connolly & Hickey is deeply committed to the protection, preservation, management and use of cultural resources. We believe that it is through the use and interpretation of a historic site that the public learns about its significance and understands its role in the cultural heritage of the region.
Connolly & Hickey recognizes that identifying and surveying such resources for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places is an important step in the protection of such resources. With a greater understanding of a structure, its history, configuration and even its limitations, our experienced team can focus on analyzing its future use and
interpretation. Such an analysis includes looking at the physical limitations of a site in order to determine suitable alterations and upgrades with regard to viability, feasibility and practicality. The use and management of our cultural resources is a critical part of ensuring our collective history and culture are preserved for today’s and future generations.
Since 2003, we have assisted a number of our nonprofit and government agencies in obtaining over 6.9 million dollars in planning and bricks and mortar funding through the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and the various county-sponsored historic preservation trust funds. We prepare the grant application on behalf of the client or assist clients with the preliminary planning and cost estimating as well as review proposed application submittals.
Historic Architecture & Design
Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects provides professional architecture and historic preservation services to a variety of clients on a wide range of older and historic building types including civic, religious, cultural and residential. Our firm understands the value of the language of architecture. Each structure has its own unique style and related architectural vocabulary that provides design ideas and inspirations for restoring and/or renovating your historic building.
Connolly & Hickey is committed to the philosophy that architecture can have a positive effect on society and that the built environment holds an embodied energy that is readily available for creative recycling opportunities. Extending the useful life of existing buildings through a thoughtful rehabilitation is our area of specialty. Architectural design services begin with documentation and continue through to contract administration during construction. Connolly & Hickey develops design and contract documents to a level of detail that is complete, coordinated and explicit.
We develop bid strategies for projects that create a framework for anticipating ancillary needs so as to limit the impact of change orders on the budget during construction. The Project Team also assists our clients in making recommendations for the award of the construction contracts and works closely with the client and successful bidder during construction. Our regular site observations create a framework for establishing a stable working relationship with the contractor in order to meet the needs of the project and our careful handling of the project submittals assures compliance with the contract documents and fulfillment of contract obligations.