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Carmina Wood Morris honored for landmark-to-loft projects

A local architectural and design firm is getting state recognition for its preservation and conversion of three buildings in the region.

Buffalo-based Carmina Wood Morris will receive three of eight awards that highlight the best preservation development projects in the state. The Preservation League of New York is honoring the Buffalo-based company at an event May 13 in New York City.

The three projects are 10 Lafayette/The Tishman Building and Lafayette Lofts in Elmwood Village/Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, both in Buffalo, and Remington Lofts on the Canal, which is the former Remington Rand factory in North Tonawanda.

Carmina Wood Morris was honored in 2013 for its work on the Hotel @ the Lafayette and in 2008 for Webb Lofts, both of which are in Buffalo.

“This recognition is so rewarding because we had three different projects with three different sets of challenges,” said Steve Carmina said of the latest honors. “We have been working with enlightened development partners that allow us to bring forth our special expertise to keep Buffalo’s historic past alive.”

The projects:

• 10 Lafayette/Hamister Group

Built in 1959, the outside of the former Tishman Building in downtown Buffalo has maintained the style of the era. Inside, a hotel occupies the building’s first 14 floors, while 18 luxury lofts were built on floors 15 through 17. The developer’s corporate offices occupy the top three floors.

• Lafayette Lofts in Elmwood Village/Port City Preservation

Built in 1894, the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church still holds Sunday services, although its massive sanctuary was downsized for a smaller congregation, with part of the sanctuary converted into an assembly hall. Elsewhere in the complex, new uses include 21 residential units and a commercial kitchen.

• Remington Lofts/Kissling Interests

Built in the 1890s, the four-story Sweeney Street manufacturing facility once made wooden carousel horses, aircraft engines, typewriters and computers. It’s now home to 81 luxury apartments, a restaurant, and other commercial tenants.