Tour: Weeksville Heritage Center

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Photo credit: Nic Lehoux​

Lauded as an exemplar of environmental and cultural sustainability, the Weeksville Heritage Center by Caples Jefferson Architects serves as a gateway to a 19th century African American Freedman's settlement in Crown Heights. The Center is a community gathering place, providing performance and exhibit space, as well as educational facilities—a large central landscape at the heart of the building commemorates the agricultural heritage of the community and offers a green oasis to the surrounding neighborhood. African-inspired patterns and textures are woven into the architecture to create a link to the past in a modern language.

Notable also for its environmental stewardship, the Center was received LEED Gold certification for features including a closed loop geothermal system, on-site storm water management as well as innovative daylight and ventilation strategies. The building has received numerous awards for its quality of design and environmental performance such as the 2014 AIA NY Best in State Award and an AIANY COTE Honor Award for Institutional Building (2015).

Sara Caples, AIA
Principal & Founder, Caples Jefferson Architects

Sara Caples, AIA, is Principal & Founder of the award-winning architecture firm Caples Jefferson Architects PC. Since founding the firm in 1987, she has been committed to designing educational, cultural & community centers for underserved communities. She is an avid lecturer and educator, frequently critiquing & lecturing at universities such as MIT, Yale University, CCNY and Syracuse University.

Beau Rhee, LEED GA
Marketing Director, Caples Jefferson Architects

Beau Rhee, LEED GA, is Marketing Director at Caples Jefferson Architects. She is also a Designer with her own studio practice based in New York City.