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February 2014
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Topic of the Month: An Elegant Catering Hall

Architectural Firm of the Month: Hoffman Grayson Architects

Helpful Links for Architects     

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Architectural Firm of the Month: Hoffman Grayson Architects


Hoffman-Grayson Architects LLP was founded by Neal Hoffman and Glen Grayson in 1981, as an architectural and interior design firm. From the outset, the founders recognized the economic and environmental benefits associated with the renovation and re-use of existing buildings, and chose to specialize in this aspect of architecture. Since 1981, the staff has grown steadily and includes graduate Architects and Interior Designers whose skills complement those of the Principals.
Firm members are encouraged to be activists in their profession and community. Neal Hoffman served as president of the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1991, and has been an active board member of the Huntington Historical Society. The firm engages in pro-bono work to benefit the community, and firm members are active advocates for quality design.
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Larkfield Manor, an elegant Tuscan villa-inspired wedding and reception venue in East Northport, NY recently underwent a complete redesign and reconstruction by Hoffman Grayson Architects. The eight million dollar renovation began with the demolition of the original building in October, 2012 and the establishment re-opened for business last summer with a completely new look.

The original building was constructed in the late 1960's, but Larkfield owners felt it was a bit dated and hired Hoffman Grayson for the project. Neal Hoffman explains, "We worked on the project twenty-five years ago for the previous owners, so we were happy that the new owners called us to work on it again."

"The program included the complete demolition of the building except for the kitchen," explains Hoffman. "The key to the design lies in the detailing of the large façade which fronts directly on Larkfield Road. There are a lot of large venues like this where there is a massive wall facing the street, so it was important to break that elevation down into pieces. Using the Tuscan villa concept helped. It was like a villa that grew over time rather than one that was built all at once."

Hoffman's design for the venue was inspired by villas that the architect visited in Italy and Larkfield owners were extremely supportive of the aesthetic.

"It's predominantly a wedding venue so it's important that the exterior of the building and the interior are delivering something different than other venues. People expect the venue to have that special feeling to it. We tried to give it that Tuscan feel, only updated. At the entrance there is a portico, stone, steel and split roofs which all are a little updated from a Tuscan Villa entrance. We tried to make the lobby feel more like a hotel lobby rather than a catering hall lobby. It has a fireplace and a big monumental stair that leads up to the bridal suites so it's really a wonderful space."

The ballroom is one of the highlights of the venue with twenty-foot high ceilings and an orangerie space that looks out over a stone courtyard. Historically an orangerie is similar to a greenhouse or conservatory where citrus trees were grown in tubs during cold winter months. The first orangeries were found in gardens in sixteenth-century Italy. "Before you could go to the grocery store and buy oranges in the middle of winter, people would sometimes have sun spaces in their houses and have fruit trees outside and bring them into their orangerie in the wintertime so they could have oranges all winter, thus the term orangerie. We have one space that really has an orangerie feel to it, but instead of using skylights and a big greenhouse roof, we brought the light in with clerestory windows."

Hoffman adds, "We were able to repurpose some old timbers that had been used in an old project out in California. They were in a desert getting really aged looking and we were able to use those to create some trusses in that space."

"Lighting is also very important in a space like this today. People want to be able to customize that, so we had a really good lighting consultant who worked very closely with us. They used LED lights so that people could customize the lighting to highlight different details and colors throughout the building."

Even though its design was inspired by Tuscany, its location is in the heart of Long Island which is known for its many "Gold Coast" era estates. Understandably, Larkfield Manor bears a slight hint of that same elegance. Hoffman notes, "There are a lot of those mansions around that are being used for these events and people look for those things. This is a wedding venue and we really did try to give it that kind of a look." 

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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