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Magnolia House Final Photos

September 24, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

This $2.7 million project actually finished-up back in June (forgot to update), but I wanted to post some final photos. Tompkins Community Action headed-up this project to produce 14 studio units to rent to women recovering from substance abuse. It was funded by a New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program grant. The copper cladding caused some double-takes, but the color has developed into a green patina with treatment and weathering. The architects are from the D.C. area: Travis Price Architects





Magnolia House New Sidewalk and Fencing

October 20, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

The Tompkins Community Action Magnolia House has a new sidewalk poured along Meadow Street, and there’s some new wood fencing being put up along the entryways and back side. Pavers have been installed on the north and south side entrances, and will continue along the back to form a patio area with flagstone benches. I’m not sure when the building is going to be completed, but there are still materials and tools on the inside.




Magnolia House Project Idle

September 7, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Tompkins Community Action‘s Magnolia House on Meadow St just past Joe’s Restaurant seems to be an idle project, at least for the last few months. I haven’t heard what’s going on, only some informal comments that a NYSEG utility pole had to be moved because the lines were too close to the building and it took some time to get it relocated. The exterior has looked rather complete since June, when the copper-cladding was undergoing its change into a patina.
Found a brief project description and funding breakdown online, which is embedded at the end of the photos here.



Magnolia House Site Photos

July 8, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

I wish I knew more about the schedule for this project; the exterior isn’t lending any clues. Here are some recent shots, and also some images from Taitem Engineering’s project page on Honest Buildings.


Magnolia House Site Photos

June 4, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

It’s Alive! Well, no, but it sure is green. This is the new Magnolia House on Meadow Street (Route 13) on the West End, a project by Tompkins Community Action. It will contain (when finished this Fall) 14 residential units for women needing housing and assistance to get back on their feet. Ithacating’s article about the Magnolia House points out the copper cladding, that has now weathered to a nice green patina. The Ithaca Times article also notes that the cost is roughly equivalent to brick cladding. The architects, (Travis Price Architects) have done previous projects incorporating this material siding where they are based in Washington, D.C. (see the Lenzner House).