Historic Preservation Planning
The presence of older buildings enhances and graces the built environment by
providing a connection to local heritage and fostering stronger communities.
Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects concentrates its practice on this important aspect of professional
The preparation of preservation planning documents such as Historic Preservation Plans, Historic Structures
Reports and Historic Site Master Plans begins with historical research and documentation, and follows a logical
sequence of activities including conditions assessments, use and interpretation evaluations, architectural and
material conservation recommendations, establishment of priorities and projection of probable costs. The
planning document process includes developing a project team of engineers, landscape architects, material
conservators, and archeologists tailored to the needs of each historic building, site or structure.
Connolly & Hickey has extensive experience in developing preservation interventions that are sensitive to the
historic fabric, and that understand the cultural value of each resource.
Our firm has evaluated a variety of building types from a wide range of historical
periods. (expand on this?)
Reports and evaluations are tailored to the individual needs of the building and client. All recommendations are
made with consideration not only of the buildings’ needs but also of the client’s budget and that comply with the
Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Cultural Resource Management
Connolly & Hickey is deeply committed to the protection, preservation, management and use of cultural resources.
We believe that it is through the use and interpretation of an historic site that the public learns
about its significance and understands its role in the cultural heritage of the region.
Connolly & Hickey recognizes that identifying and surveying such resources for listing on the State and National
Registers of Historic Places is an important step in the protection of such resources.
With a greater understanding of a structure, its history, configuration and even its
limitations, our experienced team can focus on analyzing its future use and
Such an analysis includes looking at the physical limitations of a site in order to determine suitable alterations and
upgrades with regard to viability, feasibility and practicality. The use and management of our cultural resources is a
critical part of ensuring our collective history and culture are preserved for today’s and future generations.
Since 2003, we have assisted a number of our nonprofit and government agencies in obtaining over 6.9 million
dollars in planning and bricks and mortar funding through the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and
the various county-sponsored historic preservation trust funds. We prepare the grant application on behalf of the
client or assist clients with the preliminary planning and cost estimating as well as review proposed application
Historic Architecture & Design
Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects provides professional architecture and historic preservation services to a
variety of clients on a wide range of older and historic building types including civic, religious, cultural and
residential. Our firm understands the value of the language of architecture. Each structure has its own unique style
and related architectural vocabulary that provides design ideas and inspirations for restoring and/or renovating
your historic building.
Connolly & Hickey is committed to the philosophy that architecture can have a positive effect on society
and that the built environment holds an embodied energy that is readily available for creative
recycling opportunities. Extending the useful life of existing buildings through a thoughtful rehabilitation is our
area of specialty.
Architectural design services begin with documentation and continue through to contract administration during
construction. Connolly & Hickey develops design and contract documents to a level of detail that is complete,
coordinated and explicit. We develop bid strategies for projects that create a framework for anticipating ancillary
needs so as to limit the impact of change orders on the budget during construction. The Project Team also assists
our clients in making recommendations for the award of the construction contracts and works closely with the
client and successful bidder during construction. Our regular site observations create a framework for establishing
a stable working relationship with the contractor in order to meet the needs of the project and our careful
handling of the project submittals assures compliance with the contract documents and fulfillment of contract