Featured Historical Projects

NEI’s dedication to the preservation of historic and landmark properties is evident in our expansive portfolio of award winning Historic Renovation and Historic Conversion projects. These projects require both a thorough understanding of preservation techniques as well as careful planning of the integration of new elements into existing structures. Our experienced professional staff has a honed sensitivity to preserving the historic character and fabric of these important structures.

Recent Historical Projects

Atlas Lofts

Client: Mitchell Properties
Architect: The Architectural Team
Location: Chelsea, MA
Value: $7 Million

Located in Chelsea’s vibrant Box District, Atlas Lofts began as a paper box factory in the 1900’s. The project included the adaptive reuse and historic preservation of a three-story warehouse building into 53 loft style apartments. Apartments feature oversized windows, exposed wood structures, concrete floors and contemporary finishes.

Oscar Romero House

Client: Oscar Romero House, Inc.
Architect: McGinley Kalsow & Associates, Inc.
Location: New Bedford, MA
Value: $2 Million

The former James Tripp Rooming house in historic New Bedford Massachusetts was restored and reconfigured into 12 units of affordable housing. This design/build project involved a substantial renovation and restoration of the historic property including building stabilization, complete MEP and life safety system replacement, site work infrastructure, and facade restoration.

Walden Firehouse

Client: The Neighborhood Developers
Architect: ICON Architecture
Location: Revere, MA
Value: $1.4 Million

Adaptive reuse and historical preservation of the original Walden Firehouse into 7 senior dwellings with community room and management office. Project included preservation of original millwork, building envelope upgrades, new mechanical systems and construction of adaptive residential units.

Acre High School

Client: Coalition for a Better Acre
Architect: Winslow Architects, Inc.
Location: Lowell, MA
Value: $5.1 Million

Rehabilitation and conversion of an 1895 catholic high school, formerly known as Saint Joseph High School, into 22 residential units of affordable housing. Project included preservation of historic cupola, restoration of existing grand stair, building envelope upgrades, and complete new MEP and life safety system.

Danvers Town Hall

Client: Town of Danvers
Architect: Gienapp Design Associates
Location: Danvers, MA
Value: $5.3 Million

The Danvers Town hall was built in 1855 and remains the center of the local community and government. This project included the historic restoration and repair of the building’s facade, including reproduction of siding, trim and ornament. Integration of complete new building mechanical, electrical and life safety systems were coordinated around hazardous material abatement and structural repairs.

Marais Apartments

Client: Mitchell Properties
Architect: Hacin + Associates, Inc.
Location: Boston, MA
Value: $5.5 Million

Located in Boston’s South End, this seven story wing of the former St. James Hotel had been abandoned since the mid-1990’s. The project included conversion of the wing into 8 luxury rental units. The exterior of the building required careful restoration and artistic incorporation of a new elevator shaft and resident balconies.

Salem Point

Client: North Shore CDC
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Location: Salem, MA
Value: $7 Million

Moderate rehabilitation included 77 units of affordable housing across a scattered site in Salem Massachusetts. The project included 11 building sites of various construction types and required careful coordination and sequencing. Also included in the project was the creation of a pocket park transforming a derelict lot into a small urban community park.

Apartments At 165 Winter

Client: Planning Office of Urban Affairs
Architect: The Architectural Team
Location: Haverhill, MA
Value: $2.8 Million

Located in the Lower Acre neighborhood of Haverhill, Massachusetts, this historic elementary school was built after the Civil War and thousands of Haverhill residents attended there until the mid-1970s. The project included the adaptive reuse and restoration of the three-story building into 12 affordable residential units.

Saint Joseph Apartments

Client: Coalition for a Better Acre
Architect: Winslow Architects, Inc.
Location: Lowell, MA
Value: $3.5 Million

Adaptive reuse and historic preservation of 26,000 SF of abandoned Saint Joseph school building. The project included creation of 15 units of affordable housing and installation of complete new building infrastructure, mechanical systems and structural upgrades. The interior historic wood stair was reconstruction and exterior masonry facade restored.

6 Fort Street

Client: Asian Community Development
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Location: Quincy, MA
Value: $6.2 Million

Located new Quincy Center, this historic renovation involved the complete renovation and conversion of a historic church and office building into 34 units of affordable family housing and community space. A parking structure was constructed adjacent to the buildings and includes an elevated recreational space for the residents.

40 Upton Street

Client: Planning Office for Urban Affairs
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Location: Dorchester, MA
Value: $2.9 Million

Renovation and adaptive reuse of 2 traditional Boston rowhouses into 19 affordable SRO units, common space and all related site and infrastructure work. Also included in the project was the development of community and office space for the supportive services.

North Bellingham Veterans Home

Client: The Neighborhood Developers
Architect: Horne + Johnson Architects
Location: Chelsea, MA
Value: $1.6 Million

American Legion Post 34 sits in the heart of Chelsea’s downtown Bellingham Square Historic District, and was the first American Legion building constructed in Massachusetts. This adaptive reuse includes creation of ten studio apartments of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans. Also included in the project is the development of community space and office facilities for the service provider.

YWCA

Client: CYW Properties LLC
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Location: Cambridge, MA
Value: $8 Million

Built in 1911 and 1970, this substantial renovation of these structures ensures the integrity of the building for future generations and for the YWCA’s important missions. The work included substation building system and life safety improvement and upgrades, along with complete renovation of 103 SRO units, common areas, and office spaces.

Chapman Arms

Client: Homeowner’s Rehab
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Location: Cambridge, MA
Value: $4.1 Million

Designed in 1897 by Josephine Wright Chapman, one of the nation’s earliest female architects, Chapman Arms is a beautiful ivy-covered apartment located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project included extensive exterior and interior renovation of this historic building and 50 occupied units.

Outing Park I & II

Client: First Resource Development
Architect: The Architectural Team
Location: Springfield, MA
Value: $30.6 Million

The Outing Park Communities are located in the historic South End of Springfield Massachusetts. The scattered site projects include over 200 units of Section 8 affordable apartment units. This project included the occupied, moderate rehabilitation of units and common areas. Substantial site improvements, building infrastructure and community safety upgrades were also included.

City View Commons I & II

Client: First Resource Development
Architect: The Architectural Team
Location: Springfield, MA
Value: $25.2 Million

The City View Commons projects are located in the Worthington Historic District of Springfield Massachusetts. The scattered site projects include nearly 300 occupied units of affordable apartment units. This project included the occupied moderate rehabilitation of units and common areas. Substantial site improvements, building infrastructure, and community safety upgrades were also included.

Kenwyn & Quadrangle Apartments

Client: HAP Housing, Inc.
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Location: Springfield, MA
Value: $4.5 Million

Substantial renovation to two multi-family historic apartment buildings in the heart of Springfield totaling 60 units. The Kenwyn project included careful restoration of the Mission style historic facade and windows. Both projects updated residential units, building infrastructure, life safety system and accessibility.