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Alden Park wins Best in American Living Award

November 12th, 2018

Philadelphia, PA 11.12.2018 – A Philadelphia, PA, multifamily community has won an award for the Remodeling: Historic Preservation/Restoration in the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Award levels, including platinum, gold, silver and Home of the Year, will be announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show on February 20, 2019.

Alden Park in Philadelphia PA; designed by BartonPartners; built by: Briarwood Construction, developed by L3C.

Alden Park is a multi-family residential apartment community, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The six 10-13 story brick buildings, constructed in the 1920’s, sitting adjacent to Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park, adding to the existing luxurious amenities of the community. Purchased in 2015, Historic Tax Credits were obtained to assist in the careful and historically accurate exterior restoration of all the buildings. The dilapidated state of much of the brick and cast stone proved particularly challenging and had to be rebuilt in many locations. The original 7500+ windows had frames embedded into the masonry and needed to be carefully cut out and replaced with custom historically detailed thermal windows, nearly all windows were replaced while the units were occupied. Within the 760 units, the architects strategically modified the compartmentalized original designs to create a more modern, open feel along with updated contemporary finishes. While updating original amenities like the indoor pool, fitness center and common areas, a new outdoor pool and dog park were incorporated into the historic site. This renovation also vastly improved handicapped accessibility throughout the hilly site and within all buildings. Philadelphia’s architectural history is enhanced by the beautiful renovation of Alden Park.

Now in its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. BALA is built on the principle that all great homes start with great design, no matter cost or size.

Buying a home is often the most significant purchase people will make in their lifetime, and BALA winners spotlight what building industry professionals need to know to set their project apart and hit the right mark with today’s highly educated and discerning home buyers.

Award winners will be formally announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at The 2018 Winners Portfolio, featuring design trends and project photographs, will be available online beginning February 21, 2019.