Post Flood Disaster: In-Fill Historic Housing

MXD was commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to design in-fill housing in the Historic South Albany Area. The housing designed will be built to in-fill vacant lots and housing damaged by the floods of 1994.

Our task was to design affordable prototype single family house designs varying in size and bedroom types, Our design services included landscape architectural design and cost estimates with alternates to give our Client and future residents a range of prices to choose from to build anyone of the prototype homes.


We provided housing designs ranging in size from a 2 bedroom 964 square feet "shot-gun" style house to a 3-bedroom 1,192 square feet home all with front porches to respect the style of the community and also as an opportunity for natural surveillance of the street each house would be located.


(1) The Baptiste    2Br/1Br - 964 sq.ft. 

(2) The Drew         2Br/1Br - 974 sq.ft.

(3) The Banneker 2Br/2Ba - 1027 sq.ft.

(4) The Henson    3Br/2Ba - 1,192 sq.ft.


Our goal was to have the construction cost range between $45 and $55 dollars per square foot. Considering the total development cost, the sale of these homes were expected to range in price from $60,000 to $90,000.


We also provided the National Trust with an assessment of the existing neighborhood conditions and cost analysis for each new prototype house designed.