Historic Renovations Restore Beauty With New Purpose

SAAarchitects embarks on a complete interior and exterior renovation of two significant historic buildings that will result in more housing options in Lykens, PA. The transformation of the Dauphin County buildings– the Israel Building and The Hotel Lykens– will become the Union House Apartments. The Israel Building, named after the original builder in 1903, is a Late Victorian era commercial building that previously contained three levels of retail stores, offices, and a fraternal lodge meeting room. The Hotel Lykens was formerly a four-story hotel, constructed from 1902 to its completion in 1926. In addition to functioning as a hotel, the building also contained a formal dining room, café, retail space, and a bank. The building’s architecture represents a vernacular Beaux Arts style; expressing the academic neoclassical architectural style that originated in France in the late 18th century. Both buildings are among the few along Main & Market Street corridors to have survived the floods of Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
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The integrity of these remarkable buildings will continue to stand strong as they are transformed with new purpose into studio, one, and two bedroom apartments– totaling at approximately 29 units between both buildings. SAAarchitects is in the early schematic design phase, which includes unit layout, unit mix review with the developer, detailed review of historic features with a historic preservation consultant and completion of applications for state funding. This renovation project, with early cost estimates in the $10M range, will use historic preservation tax credits and multiple funding sources including application to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and additional state funding. Stayed tuned for more information as this historic renovation project progresses.