TEK was engaged to convert an abandoned funeral home in Jamaica, Queens into a day clinic for Venture House, a program focusing on vocational and life skills training for people with mental illness. The project included a gut renovation of the building interior, a complete infrastructure replacement, and a full restoration and stabilization of the building’s Romanesque revival exterior. TEK’s essential strategy was to bring light and air into the building’s dark and somber interior. By creating a light-filled two story stair hall, capped by a large new skylight, we gave the building a new focus, around which we organized the program’s principal spaces. Through the use of simple, economical materials the building now has a richness of color, form and light.