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Building Conservation Associates


Location: Newark, New Jersey
Year Built: 1930
Original Architect: Frank Grad

The Raymond Commerce Building was constructed in 1929 and is characterized by its Art-Deco geometric floral designs on embossed spandrel panels and decorative terra cotta.

BCA was the restoration consultant for the conversion of this Art Deco office building into residential space. Restoration included materials conservation, cleaning and repointing, and recreation of missing features.

BCA also served as Preservation Consultant for this project, which required Local, State, and Federal approvals, and created a successful Historic Tax Credit application for the rehabilitation.

Awards: 2008 Smart Growth Awards (New Jersey Future), Award for Excellence (National Urban Land Institute)