Congratulations to the Grand Jury Award winner – Nugent Senior Apartments!
The Nugent Home for Baptists was built in 1895 with funds bequeathed by local textile manufacturer George Nugent. Designed to emulate an opulent French chateau, the ornate brick and terra cotta building originally housed elderly Baptist ministers and missionaries. After a long and painful period of abandonment which almost culminated in the building’s demolition, the Nugent Home is once again an architectural jewel serving the community’s elderly citizens. Nolen Properties undertook the $16 million restoration, which has transformed an overgrown, gutted and graffiti-strewn hazard into the 57-unit Nugent Senior Apartments.
The project included a complete exterior restoration, preservation of significant interior features, and the construction of an appropriately scaled rear addition. Sixteen ornate brick chimneys were repaired or rebuilt and a new terra cotta tile roof installed. Missing or damaged balustrades were rebuilt and a collapsed front porch was repaired. The project follows Nolen’s award-winning 2011 restoration of the neighboring Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers, capping a remarkable turnaround for a pair of once-endangered Germantown landmarks.
The project features Ludowici graduated Spanish roof tiles in Plumstone.