Aurora Inn

Aurora, NY

27,000 gross square feet

Awards, Commercial, Historically Sensitive

With the entire town of Aurora, NY, including Wells College, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the federalist-style Aurora Inn, built in 1833, is a notable expression of local heritage.

The comprehensive renovation and addition to the Aurora Inn respects and highlights the historic character of the Inn and its environs, while removing incompatible structures that had been added to the building over time.


A new building, which was constructed just south of the Inn, supports Inn operations as well as provides street-front retail space. This new building reflects and creates a dialogue with the existing historic fabric of the Village, and harkens back to the character of buildings that once stood in its place. The goal of the design is to achieve a respect of the past without imitating it and this goal is realized through appropriate selection of materials, use of proportion and scale, and detailed treatment of facade fenestration.


For more information about this project contact Graham L. Gillespie, AIA:

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