Epsilon’s Historic Preservation Projects Recognized by Preservation Massachusetts

October 6th, 2020

Each year Preservation Massachusetts recognizes the best in historic preservation. This year Preservation Massachusetts is honoring 22 of the finest historic preservation projects from across the Commonwealth. Epsilon is pleased to have provided historic preservation consulting services to the following projects being recognized this year!

  • Abby's House, Worcester – The project included the rehabilitation of the ca. 1924 building for continued use as affordable housing specifically designed for women and children. Epsilon assisted in securing state and federal rehabilitation tax credits for this important project.
  • Boston Volvo, Boston – This project involved the rehabilitation of the former International Harvester building - which at one point sold farm equipment and motor trucks. Boston Volvo brought the building back to its original use as a vehicle showroom and office while preserving the building’s historic fabric. With assistance from Epsilon, the project team was able to successfully secure state and federal historic tax credits to assist with financing the project.
  • Pratt Memorial Library Building, Shelburne Falls – This two-phased project involved the repair and restoration of the 1914 library listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Through the benefit of a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, and allocations of state historic tax credits from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, this treasured local landmark was restored to its former glory. Epsilon assisted in securing project approvals and state historic tax credits for the project.
  • The Central Building, Worcester – The project included the substantial rehabilitation of a prominent early 20th century commercial building in downtown Worcester for new residential and retail uses. The project created 55 new residential units and new ground floor retail spaces while preserving the building’s Classical Revival interior and exterior finishes. Epsilon was pleased to assist in securing state and federal historic tax credits for this important building.
  • 161 & 162 Federal Street, Salem – These two projects included the rehabilitation of the former Saint James Rectory and Saint James Convent in Salem’s famed McIntire Historic District for new residential uses. Epsilon was responsible for securing state and federal historic tax credits for these formerly underutilized and deteriorated structures.
  • Soldier On, Pittsfield – This project included the substantial rehabilitation of the former Hampden County Training School for new veterans housing. The interior and exterior underwent a complete rehabilitation, including refurbishment of the masonry exterior, replacement of building systems and the creation of new residential units and support spaces for veterans.
  • Abbot Mill, Building 9, Westford – The rehabilitation of Building 9 at the historic Abbot Mill involved the completion of the final phase of the transformation of the historic portion of the mill complex for additional residential units. Similar to the highly successful first phase, Building 9 was transformed resulting in a mix of new residential units within the historic setting of this important mill complex. Epsilon was responsible for the completion of the state and federal historic tax credit applications for this important project.
  • Thorndike Exchange, Lowell – The rehabilitation of the Thorndike Mill involved the rehabilitation of a former mill building, and later furniture store, into new residential and commercial uses. The former vacant and deteriorated mill at a prominent gateway to downtown Lowell underwent a dramatic transformation while preserving its industrial character and providing direct access to the MBTA commuter rail station.

This year, Preservation Massachusetts will be expanding the 2020 awards celebration with a virtual multimedia event, which will take place over the course of two weeks. It will kick off on October 12 and culminate with a live virtual event on October 22. For more information on this event and award recipients, visit the Preservation Massachusetts website.

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