This is the 2nd article of a 10 part series highlighting the extraordinary work from Architects who take on the role of developers.
Joseph Vallone Architects + Development Studio
Rockport, CT USA
Before establishing Joseph Vallone Architects in 1985, Joseph Vallone had already acquired extensive experience with various architectural firms. A graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute, he began his professional architectural career as a Project Manager, and then as a Project Architect with Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee, Architects in New York City.
As a licensed architect with completed projects in four states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, Joseph Vallone has been affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, both highly regarded institutions in the profession of architecture. He is also a member of the Congress For The New Urbanism, The Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation and The Urban Land Institute.
Experience as an architect was the foundation for his transition into real estate development in 1999. This evolution from architect to developer, now as the principal of The Architecture+Development Studio, L.L.C. was successfully demonstrated in the mixed-use redevelopment of 1835 Post Road East in Westport, CT.
The breadth of [the] responsibilities expanded to include the site selection, financial modeling, complete architectural services, financing, environmental remediation, construction management, lease up and property management. Currently, the studio is involved with the substantial rehabilitation and conversion of a circa 1906, nationally listed historic landmark mill structure into (68) residential rental units and 10,000 SF of commercial space, in Rockville, CT.
While the horse drawn carriages are long gone, the design concept was to recreate a small New England village. The three new wood frame mixed-use buildings are residential in scale, have pitched roofs with wood shingles and encompass approximately 10,000 square feet. The Manor House is 2 ½ stories in height and accommodates two retail tenants on the first floor, an office on the second floor and two one-bedroom apartments under the slope of the roof.
The two story Ice House contains a one-bedroom apartment over a retail space and the single story Barn houses a sole retail tenant. The design goal was to create a new attitude by varying the scale of the buildings, adopting smaller footings, introducing multiple floors and using traditional New England materials. As a result, the architecture resembles neighboring residential structures and fosters larger landscaped areas with integrated parking zones while creating vistas from both upper floors and on the ground level.