Ames Shovel Works

North Easton, MA

We knew that PCA was the right fit for this unique project. Their involvement with the community process and their creative design solutions have been integral to saving this endangered landmark for the town of North Easton.

– Howard Cohen, CEO, Beacon Communities LLC

Program

Historic rehabilitation of a mid-19th century national landmark manufacturing complex into 113 modern residential units and more than 1.5 acres of accessible open space.

Sustainability

LEED for Homes Gold and Silver Certified

Challenge

To create a design that ensures that the historically significant buildings are revitalized with a new active use, within the constraints of strict funding challenges and regulatory requirements, while meeting the goals of various local community groups.

Solution

PCA’s design unlocks the creative potential of the property, blending the architecture and history of these beautiful granite buildings back into the town fabric. The program preserves virtually all of the historically significant structures. New interventions, such as dormers and skylights, harmonize with the existing roof lines and help to transform these industrial manufacturing buildings into livable, contemporary residences. Working collaboratively with the community and developer, PCA’s vision enables the project to preserve this national landmark while creating a contemporary new residential neighborhood for the town of Easton.

Awards

Driehaus Preservation Award, 2015
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Briggs Preservation Award, 2016
Easton Historical Commission

Paul E. Tsongas Award, 2015
Preservation Massachusetts

Preservation Award, 2015
Massachusetts Historical Commission

Excellence Award 2015 – Development & Design Adaptive Reuse
Multi-Housing News

Best in American Living Gold Award 2015 – Adaptive Reuse Multifamily Category
National Association of Home Builders

J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, 2014
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association

Prism Award 2014 Best MultiFamily Re-Use
Builders and Remodelers Assoc. of Greater Boston

Publications

Design New England
March/April 2016
“Ames to Please”

National Trust for Historic Preservation
November 11, 2015
“Driehaus Preservation Award Movie: Ames Shovel Works Apartments”

NH&RA Housing Online
January 11, 2015
“2014 Timmy Award Winners”

PreservationNation Blog
January 15, 2015
“Industrial Strength: The Adaptive Reuse of Ames Shovel Works”

The Easton Curiosity Shop
January 15, 2015
“A Visit to the Ames Shovel Works”

Preservation Massachusetts
June 15, 2014
“Success Story Sunday: Ames Shovel Shop, Where History Becomes Home”

Tax Credit Advisor
March, 2014
“Dig This – Historic Factory is Renovated to Create Unique Apartment Community”