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Historic Preservation

With experience on over 100 historic buildings in and around New York City, we use a practical approach to preservation and restoration with a sensitivity to each structure’s past.

Sustainable Design

From design through completion, we integrate aesthetics, budget, and code considerations to revive old buildings and construct new ones that are both functional, beautiful, and sustainable.

Technical Assessment

Henson team members have been performing inspections for the city’s Facade Inspection & Safety Program since the first cycle in 1980-1982. We provide recommendation reports and filing services.

About Us

Founded in 2003, we have completed thousands of preservation projects throughout the tri-state area as well as throughout the East Coast.

Henson Architecture advances the field of preservation through a hands-on approach to craftsmanship and traditional building practices as demonstrated in our award-winning, nationally recognized projects. In response to the global climate crisis and emerging technologies, Henson Architecture is transforming the practice of retrofitting existing and historic buildings as a means towards carbon reduction.

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Awards & Recognition

Our award-winning architecture firm provides direct access to our principal, and dedicated service from our team of architects and project managers, many of which have sustainability-driven credentials.

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AIANY DESIGN AWARD OF MERIT

Honor Award in the Architecture Category for the Restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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WORLD ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN AWARD

First Place Winner in the Educational Category for the Restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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SARA NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

Winner for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD

Winner in the Institutional Category for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD

Awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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SARA NEW YORK AWARD

Winner in the Design Awards of Merit for the Fuller Hat Manufactory Building.

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ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN AWARD

Winner in the Institutional/Built Category for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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AIANY DESIGN AWARD

Honor Award for the Restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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SARA NEW YORK AWARD

Winner for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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ARCHITIZER SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Recognized in the International Competition for the Restoration of the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

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ARCHITIZER A+ AWARD

Finalist for the Architecture & Preservation Category for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building.

Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building

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ORTNER PRESERVATION AWARD

Winner for the Exterior Restoration of The Tracy Mansion, Presented by the Park Slope Civil Council.

Tracy Mansion

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TRADITIONAL BUILDING PALLADIO AWARD

Winner in the Adaptive Reuse Category for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building.

Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building

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GOLD AWARD

Winner for the Restoration of the Fuller Brothers Hat Manufactory, Presented by the Brick Industry Association.

Fuller Brothers Hat Manufactory

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SARA NEW YORK AWARD

Design Award of Excellence for the Restoration of the Knickerbocker Telephone Company Building.

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MASTERWORKS AWARD

Winner of Best Restoration Category for the Engelhardt Addition at the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Building by the MAS of New York.

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LUCY G. MOSES PRESERVATION AWARD

Winner for the Engelhardt Addition at the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Building, Presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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PRESERVATION COMMENDATION

Winner for the Restoration of the Banner Building, Presented by the Victorian Society of America.

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PRESERVATION AWARD

Winner for the Restoration of the Banner Building, Presented by Traditional Building.

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LUCY G. MOSES PRESERVATION AWARD

Winner for the Restoration of the Banner Building, Presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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GOLD AWARD

Winner for the Restoration of 38 Gramercy Park North, Presented by the Brick Industry Association.

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AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Winner for the preservation of the Sanderson Hotel building, Presented by the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates.

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AIA TRI-STATE DESIGN AWARD

Winner for the Restoration of the Banner Building.

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SARA NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

Winner for the University of Pennsylvania Larry Robbins House.

Latest News

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Embodied Wisdom: Presentation at TAG-24

Looking for some inspiration this weekend? Join Henson Architecture’s Preservation Architect, Cory Rouillard at the Traditional Architectural Gathering, TAG-24, on Sunday, April 14 at 12:20 pm ET. She will share a global architectural tour of beautiful, traditional, climate-appropriate strategies designed to keep us comfortable without operational energy input. Join this free event at: www.tag-24.org

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Jane Sanders Re-elected to the NY Passive House Board of Directors

Congratulations to Jane Sanders on her re-election to the Board of Directors of New York Passive House! Jane, Henson’s Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability, has been an active member of NYPH since the days before its official founding in 2010, when it was still a local Passive House Meetup group. Now in her second term on the Board, Jane

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Learn in an Authentic Way – Cathedral Stone Workshop Recap

During a recent site visit in New York City, I encountered a unique learning opportunity. The building, adorned with several brownstones in need of repair, immediately caught my attention. Some stones were partially patched, revealing an inconsistency in the repair process – the cracks hadn’t been squared off properly, resulting in patches too thin to maintain their integrity. It was

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