For more than 30 years, Frost Hurff Architects have been reinterpreting and expanding the traditions of Saratoga architecture. Recent projects include the Embassy Suites Hotel, the renovation of Congress Plaza Shopping Center, the patio at Gaffney’s, numerous projects at Saratoga Race course, and various residential projects.
Saratoga Race Course
The 1863 Club is a new building that provides racing fans with upgraded amenities while honoring character of this storied venue. Partner Matt Hurff was tapped to design the roof, exterior massing and materials, porches, interior finishes, and connecting bridge for this project to ensure that the historic standards and resources of this property were met and preserved.
The roof line is designed to tie in with the existing copper and slate roof on the grandstand and clubhouse, while the copper finials echo those found on other structures throughout the race course grounds. Cedar shingle siding, carved wooden brackets, and ornamental metalwork also help tie the new building into the existing environment. Balconies off the second and third floors provide sweeping views of the property while the upscale design and private amenities of the suites and adjoining lounge provide sophisticated comfort.
On the inside, the first floor includes a spacious buffet restaurant seating up to 500 guests, while the second floor provides an exclusive members club for Saratoga box holders who wish to enhance their day at the races. The club is accessed via a bridge from the Clubhouse, which also serves as a ceremonial arch for horses coming down the horse path and on to the track.
The third floor features five fully-furnished luxury suites, each accommodating 30-50 guests.
Partners on the project include Gilbane Building Company, Saratoga County-based MLB Construction Services, and New York-based SOSH Architects.
This mixed-use building was designed by Frost Hurff Architects, and was constructed by Bonacio Construction.
Caffè Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. As part of an ambitious capital campaign to renovate the 57-year-old coffeehouse, Caffè Lena and Bonacio Construction struck a deal for the construction of a four story mixed-use facility in the Caffè’s former parking lot. Frost Hurff designed the new building with a shared common space and an elevator to serve the Caffè as well as residential spaces in the new building.
The transformation of the 19th century building in Saratoga’s historic downtown was completed in 2017, guaranteeing a home for Lena’s celebrated programming for decades to come. The building is also home to Hattie’s, Cole’s Woodwind Shop and Sweet Mimi’s Café & Bakery as tenants of 47 Phila Street, and the new residential building offers upscale living. The common lobby allows entry to The Spencer and handicap-accessibility to Caffé Lena. The first-floor is commercial space and eight condominium units are located on the second, third and fourth floors.
Congress Plaza Hotel
86 congress st.
Frost Hurff Architects in Saratoga Springs, designed the Embassy Suites Hotel that was built in 2015 in Congress Plaza. Part of the Hilton Worldwide brand of upscale, all-suite hotels, the six-story hotel was built in a U-shape wrapping three sides of a central two-story atrium
The 149-suite hotel also includes 6,000-square-feet of event space with a bar and restaurant on the first floor and a patio area with seasonal outdoor seating along Congress Street. The use of masonry arches and piers, coupled with large sections of glass, gives the building a contemporary feel, while providing a scale and rhythm of detail that compliments the more traditional architecture of downtown Saratoga Springs.