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PCA and Beacon Complete Historic Landmark Adaptive Reuse

August 13, 2014

Easton, MA – The Ames Shovel Works recently opened as a revived multifamily residential community in the town of Easton.

Developed by Beacon Communities and designed by architects Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA), the $46 million revitalization preserves the original historically-significant fabric of the Ames manufacturing buildings, and creates 113 new residences adjacent to a 1.6 acre neighborhood open space. LEED for Homes certification for the buildings is being finalized, with Gold and Silver certifications anticipated.

PCA worked closely with Beacon Communities, the Easton Historical Commission, the Friends of the Historic Ames Shovel Works and residents to craft a site and architectural program to benefit the entire community.

This included a historic storage building re-purposed for the property’s maintenance staff and a historic single-family house renovated as office space, gallery space, and studios for the Easton Chamber of Commerce and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Co-op. This was based on a strategic design approach to create modern, historically-respectful and light-filled apartment units and added loft bedrooms through creative adaptation of existing trusses and rooflines. (Click here for full story)

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