Despite its high visibility in the community, Bradford’s Old City Hall had remained mostly vacant since the 1960s, when city government was relocated to another building. The City of Bradford contacted Community Heritage Partners for advice on the building’s condition and reuse potential, as well as possible reacquisition. After helping the City identify and apply for grant funds to support the building’s purchase and rehabilitation, we were retained as project architects to restore and develop a reuse plan and construction plans for the building. In addition to structural evaluations and architectural, mechanical, and electrical engineering design work, we also designed a streetscape plan to enhance the surrounding neighborhood. Along with our architectural design plans, we also provided bidding and construction documents, and wrote the content for the application which helped the City secure a $100,000 grant from the State to assist with the masonry restoration costs.
Today, it is fully-occupied by new private sector commercial uses, and is celebrated as a renewed civic symbol of the City of Bradford’s growing revitalization and appreciation of its historic architecture.