• Neighborhood

    Longwood, Bronx
  • Use

    Affordable Housing Development & Historic Preservation
  • Clients

    • The Lantern Group
    • Friends in the City
  • Status

  • Budget

    $21 million
  • Size

    95 Units


Cedars is a new 95-unit residential building and community facility for low-income and formerly homeless families. Located in the Longwood Historic District in the South Bronx, the project includes the exterior restoration of the landmarked Denison-White Mansion, now dedicated for the residents’ supportive services and community gathering space.

Cedars is designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating and was also selected as a pilot project for the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Energy Star Program for multi-family residential buildings – the state’s first concerted effort to change building practice in regard to energy consumption in residential buildings. 

 Among the key features implemented were a ground-source geothermal well system for heating and cooling, a green roof, and other energy-saving measures, which together will reduce the energy consumption of the building by more than 40%. 

 Fox Hall serves as the main hub of activity and community gathering space at the heart of the project.  

On the interior, the freestanding columns and open stair in the center reinforce this centrality, connecting the various program spaces together. 

LEED Gold Rating

Landmark Conservancy Grant Winner:
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

“Save Our Treasures” Grant Winner:
US Dept. of the Interior

Honorable Mention:
Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Green Housing Category