Morpurgo Architects is skilled at gaining approvals from exacting Historic Preservation Boards that have specific requirements for bringing old buildings to life. As Architect for Princeton Archeological Digs in Sicily and for NYU in Turkey, Gus gained a deep understanding of the history of Architecture that informs his approach to each of our Historic projects.

For our seamless restoration of the 1745 Ackerman-Dater House in Saddle River, Gus and Morpurgo Architects were presented with the NJ State and the Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards. The NJ Historic Preservation Award notes that Morpurgo Architects’ attention to detail rivals that of a Museum property that requires mandated government oversight.


We hired Morpurgo Architects to plan a significant addition to an 18th century stone house on the National Registry of Historic Places. We wanted to bring the house into the 21st century without violating its integrity and charm. Our Plans would need to be approved by our town’s Historic Commission and separately by the Zoning Board. This was a tall order because we were purchasing the home at the time and wanted plans approved as a condition of sale of the house.

Gus jumped right in with ideas and got us excited about our undertaking. He connected us with a wonderful contractor and the two of them created an addition that has won awards and continues to charm visitors to our home. Gus loved the challenge of our project as well as the collaboration with us and with our contractor.

– Patricia DeSear

“Designs on Preservation: Architect Turns This Old House into Home for the Ages” The Record.
“Understanding How to Blend the Old and the New: Constraints Lead to Architectural Magic” Pascack Valley Community Life.
“Area Resident Wins Honor for Historic Restoration Project” The Town Journal.
“Local Architect Honored by County. Recognized for Historical Preservation” Pascack Valley Community Life.


If you plan to restore a Historic building, we are here for you.