HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND ADAPTIVE REUSE
Historic preservation was an early focus of the firm. Over the years, the firm has successfully completed the renovation and restoration of numerous historic buildings, many of which have been listed on the State of National Register of Historic Properties.
SBJGroup was one of the earliest firms proposing to use obsolete mercantile buildings as rental and/or condominium housing. Our portfolio is full of numerous adaptive reuse projects of every imaginable building type including factories and mills, hospital buildings, carriage houses, stables, and office buildings.
Stephen B. Jacobs, FAIA, was an early advocate for using obsolete buildings as a housing resource. His projects have become textbook examples of how to develop the highest economic potential of an existing building while, at the same time, preserving its architectural and historical significance. This achievement was recognized by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, when he was awarded the Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer Housing award.
Housing including low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise buildings as well as individual houses and apartments designed for private clients are a specialty of the firm. This has included low density suburban projects as well as large scale high-rise projects built in a dense urban context.
Our projects span the entire gamut of the housing industry from government assisted affordable housing to the most expensive rental and condominium projects in the city.
SBJGroup has specialized in Hotel Design from its earliest days. We were the originators of the Hotel Gansevoort concept and popularized the roof top as a new hotel icon. We designed a significant number of New York City's leading boutique hotels, including 60 Thompson, the Hotel Giraffe, The Library Hotel, the Mansfield Hotel, and the original Hotel Gansevoort in New York Cityâs Meatpacking district, as well as the Gansevoort South Hotel in Miami Beach, and the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel.
Other projects include: The Breakwater Hotel, in the heart of Miamiâs South Beach, the Hotel Plaza Athenée on 64th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City, as well as Hotel X, a 400 key urban resort in Toronto, Ontario.