Forefront Living Presbyterian Village North (PVN)

Multiple renovations of Presbyterian Village North over several decades resulted in an architectural hodge-podge, which the owner-operator sought to unify aesthetically through a major repositioning effort. The overall aim: respect the original design while delivering a cohesive, contemporary look that feels new, fresh, and bright. Efforts focused on improving and securing the entry sequence, renovation of the amenities hub (Corrigan Building), reinventing the pond feature at the campus core, and introducing The Hawthorne, a five-story, 217,000-square-foot IL residence.

The architects removed an entrance porte cochere and tower structure, creating a new entry statement to emphasize the welcoming, parklike nature of the community. Residents are greeted by an unfolding garden setting, the arrival sequence revealing the 17,000-square-foot Corrigan Building, where a dramatic wood-and-steel cantilevered shelter shades the paved drop-off area. A two-sided water-wall provides a biophilic backdrop to a private lobby garden, foreshadowing emphasis on water throughout the parklike site.

Across a revamped courtyard from Corrigan, 54 obsolete apartment residences were demolished and replaced with The Hawthorne, featuring 112 IL units with open floorplans and large balconies, as well as support spaces and a fifth-floor city-view lounge. The Hawthorne’s façade combines brick, stone and plaster in a gesture that ties together the architectural context on campus. An air-conditioned connector to the Corrigan presents a social mecca tying together the chapel, the café and the classroom settings, underscoring the possibilities for purposeful living.

Dallas, Texas
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)

Exterior Before | After

Forefront Living/PVN
Presbyterian Village North
Interior Design Firm:
Bohazc Associates
Andres Construction

Courtyard Before | After

Creating an iconic architecture that was compatible with past iterations within the campus, truly Texan in its response to sun and rain. Leveraging both sides of the glass with strong connections to the water and landscaping within this park like community.

The temperate California climate also encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, inspiring our members to enjoy
outdoor dining and lounging next to the fireplace in our courtyard.

Lobby Before | After

PVN residents purposefully engage with surrounding schools and supporting local outreach programs. The new and renovated meeting environment and food venues create a stage for sharing. The renovated landscaped features and the large-glazed openings reinforce connecting with nature.

Designed to offer each member an elevated and engaged life, including the Elegant Palmer Library and Lobby.

Dining Before | After

Concentric amenities that are un-pretentious, bright and welcoming; to see and be seen. The new amenities have transformed the front door with a concierge at the entry pavilion improving security and way finding for this tree lines campus. Food and fun is at the center of sharing and community.

Library Before | After