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Watervliet Shaker Historic District:

Argus in collaboration with Elmore Design Collaborative is developing a Master Plan for America’s first Shaker settlement, starting with the 42 acre Church Family containing 10 Shaker structures. The entire 510 acre historic district, including the South & West Family sites, will be included in Phase 2. Planning scope includes analysis of integrity, conditions and appropriate use of buildings, landscape assessment, vehicle and pedestrian circulation & development potential and conservation safeguards for the district.

(2006 - current, Shaker Heritage Society)

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Rouses Point Museum & Visitor Center, Rouses Point, NY

Complete rehabilitation and renovation of the abandoned 1889 Richardsonian Romanesque former D&H Railroad Station at the Amtrak border-crossing stop at Rouses Point. The station will serve as a welcome center, a museum displaying local history, offices for the Town Historian and the Historical Society and a repository for the Historical Society's and the Historian's collections, including climate-controlled archival space. The building has suffered considerable deterioration, including significant stone, brick masonry and slate roof deterioration, as well as alterations. Project is currently under construction.

(2010-2013, Erdman Anthony, New York State Department of Transportation and The Village of Rouses Point)


Lake Champlain Visitor Center, Crown Point, NY

Rehabilitation and renovation of the 1929 former Crown Point Bridge toll collector's house. Project scope included site improvements, complete exterior and interior rehabilitation, including partitions, finishes & MEP. Phase 1- restoration of the black slate roof - was completed in 2008, the major rehabilitation in 2009. Only repairs to the shake siding and exterior painting remain to be completed.

(2007, 2008 - 2010, Lake Champlain Visitor Center & Essex County)



St. Joseph's Academy, Albany, NY:

Conditions assessment, programming, conceptual planning and financial feasibility study for the abandoned 1906 St. Joseph's school in Arbor Hill. Design and feasibility explores alternative scenarios for a combination of housing (upper floors) and a public use for the large ground floor auditorium. Options include a branch of the Albany Public Library, a community café concept, and affordable artists' lofts with studios and performance space.

(2006, Albany Housing Authority)


Grand Street Community Arts Center, Albany, NY:

The 12,000SF, 1908/1927 former St. Anthony's church is being rehabilitated and converted into an arts center, with flexible performance space, gallery space and classrooms. Argus completed the Existing Conditions Assessment, Program and Concept Plan in 2005, and design for construction is in progress. The scope of the work includes masonry, stone and cast stone repairs, slate roof repair, windows, accessibility, complete new MEP systems and complete interior renovations and rehabilitation.

(2005 - current, Grand Street Community Arts, Inc.)


Chapman Historical Museum, Glens Falls, NY

Exterior rehabilitation of the mid-19th Century & c. 1865 DeLong House, including restoration of the original unpainted brick masonry.

(2004, 2006 Chapman Historical Museum)

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Saratoga Springs Train Station, Saratoga Springs, NY

$5.6 million redevelopment of a 1956 Amtrak station & site to accommodate Amtrak, CP Rail traffic and the future Warren County Scenic Rail. Project scope included the Program & Master Plan for the 14.7 -acre site and complete architectural/engineering services for a complete transformation of the station building, rail improvements, new utilities, parking and site improvements. The entire building envelope was rebuilt and exterior materials include granite, brick, wood and curved copper roofs. The project received the Transportation Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association, Capital District Branch in 2006.

(2004, Capital District Transportation Authority)


Constitution Marsh Boardwalk, Cold Spring, NY

The 900 foot long boardwalk floats above the fragile environment and wildlife habitat, bringing hikers into intimate contact with the 300 acre tidal marsh previously accessible only by boat. Built of FSC certified wood on low-impact helical piles, the boardwalk includes interpretive signage and gathering platforms for education programs. It is fully accessible to the disabled, including a specially designed accessible floating dock. The project received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape in 2004 and a Gold Award for Engineering excellence from the New York Association of Consulting Engineers in 2002.

(2001, National Audubon Society and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation)


Parker Building Feasibility Study, Schenectady, NY

Assessment, conceptual design, and feasibility study for a 1904 eight-story office structure adjacent to Proctor’s Theater. Small floors and 100% site coverage presented unique challenges for feasible reuse and Code compliance. Argus developed several viable concepts for reuse, and the concept for reuse as a boutique hotel was implemented by a private developer.

(2000, City of Schenectady)


Town of Schroon Water System Well & Pump House, Schroon, NY

Design of the Well and Pump Houses for the new Town Water system, in a vernacular Adirondack architectural vocabulary. The design was requested to make these utilitarian structures an aesthetic asset to the character of the Town and to possibly provide a design model for other planned water system projects in the Adirondacks.

(1999, Clough Harbour & Associates)


State Park at the Fair Pavilion, New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY

Located at the center of the grand Beaux Arts Empire Court of the State Fair Grounds, the pair of Pavilions provide visitors information, merchandising, and staff facilities for the NYS Parks system. The pavilions are formal and transparent befitting their prominent setting, while utilizing the natural materials, stone, wood and glass akin to NYS Parks.

(1998, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation)


Broadway - Waterfront Pedestrian Corridor, Troy, NY:

Redevelopment of the core Broadway Corridor from the RPI Approach to the Hudson River to enhance pedestrian use, public transportation and vehicular traffic patterns. Included was redesign of the City Hall - river interface to improve pedestrian access to the riverfront and boaters access to the City. The scope of work included renovation of existing public spaces, a new City Hall plaza with riverfront connection, a new pedestrian path and staircase to connect downtown with the Approach, new street lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, street paving, landscaping and pedestrian amenities. The project received a 1999 Community Achievement Award from the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce.

(1999, City of Troy)


Inlet Island Urban Design Guidelines, Ithaca, NY

Adjacent to downtown Ithaca and bounded by the Cayuga Inlet and the Flood Control Channel, the approximately 43 acre Inlet Island development area was part maritime use, part commercial and mostly vacant land. This project developed a plan and written/graphic guidelines for development to help form an attractive and functional urban waterfront district which maximizes potential for mixed-use private development as well an increased public waterfront access.

(1998, Argus subconsultant to The LA Group)


Hudson River Center, Newburgh, NY

Programming and Schematic Design for proposed Hudson River Center on the site of a junkyard on the waterfront. As the primary research center for the estuarine ecology of the Hudson River, the Center would include laboratories, research vessels, library and resource center, educational facilities, and offices. Major public components would be an indoor-outdoor aquarium and interpretive center, auditorium, gallery spaces, café, shop, pier, park, and waterfront promenade. Argus' design returns the river’s edge to the public domain, builds upon the historic industrial architecture of the area, and connects the urban grid to the riverfront, while presenting to the river traffic a new image for the City

(1996, Palisades Interstate Park Commission)


Champlain Basin Cultural Resources Assessment

Critical assessment of the current documentation, protection, and management of all public and private cultural heritage resources (architectural, archeological, and cultural landscapes) in the Champlain Basin, which includes approximately 200 towns in New York and Vermont and part of the Province of Quebec. Included recommendations for future inventory, management, interpretive programming, and regulatory and non-regulatory protection for the Basin’s heritage resources. (Argus lead firm, in association with Hartgen Archeological Associates and Neil Larson, Preservation Consultant)

(1995, Lake Champlain Basin Program)



Whitehall Urban Cultural Park Visitor Center Whitehall, NY

Rehabilitation of 1917 former Champlain Canal ferry terminal for use as the new Visitor Center (including exhibits) and continuing use as an historical museum.

(1991, Whitehall Urban Cultural Park)


Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL

Public space renovations, totaling $12.5 million and including increasing available space within the confines of the existing building, design of administrative offices, new public entry, exhibit and public education spaces, and a new public cafeteria. As a member of the design team, (for Harry Weese & Assocs.), Janet Null's responsibilities included design and construction documents for the above variety of functions as well as design of a complete new security system for the whole museum.