Posted in projects on February 28, 2014 9:37 pm EST

Cleveland Nonprofits and Seniors Benefit from Historic Adaptive Reuse

Once a symbol of urban decay, St. Luke Manor is now a shining example of urban revitalization.

Photo credit: Wallace Roberts and Todd,











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TAGS: adaptive reuse, historic renovation,


By Church Designer Staff

The National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation was awarded at the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, Wash., for Pennrose Properties LLC for its rehabilitation of Saint Luke’s Manor. The former hospital in Cleveland provides 137 units of low-income rental housing for seniors and office space for local nonprofit organizations.

The Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation recognizes efforts that both advance the nation’s historic preservation goals and provide affordable housing and economic development opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. Saint Luke’s Hospital, a 390,000-square-foot building built in 1927 and vacated in 1999, was placed on the National Historic Register in 2005 for its significance as a local architectural landmark and for its contributions to the growth of the health care industry in Cleveland.

Photo courtesy of Megan McGinley, Wallace Roberts and Todd,

Saint Luke’s Manor is now a landmark structure anchoring a 20-acre neighborhood revitalization effort. It is one of the buildings pursuing LEED certification within a LEED for Neighborhood Development master plan. The building’s historic main lobby, once obscured by partitions carving it into offices, now serves as an elegant community room. The corridors adjacent to the community room contain a marble floor that was uncovered and restored. The large public four-sided clock in the central tower that had been badly vandalized was rebuilt, complete with lighted faces and chimes. Other building amenities include a computer lab, card and billiard rooms, supportive service space, a fitness room, tenant storage, and an on-site management suite.

The three-phase project was completed n in 2013 and was designed by Wallace Roberts & Todd with offices in Philadelphia, Miami, and San Francisco. Saint Luke's is now home to 163 seniors. The mixed-use building also includes a K-8 charter school, a Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland after-school program, a health clinic, an early-childhood education program and offices for two local non-profit organizations.

Awards and Recognition

LEED Gold Certified

Reader's Choice Award

Nation's Best Affordable Housing Developments, Historic Rehab Category

Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

National Trust/Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary's Award for Excellence

Historic Preservations

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development

NAHRO - National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials




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