The Parkside on Adams

Roslindale, MA


Adaptive reuse of historic substation for restaurant/retail use and development of 43-unit residential building.


The community of Roslindale had long sought a financially viable way to preserve and retain Roslindale’s historic substation, situated at the heart of the town’s business district across from busy Adams Park. After several attempts at development by the Town of Roslindale, PCA was selected by Peregrine Urban Initiative to find a solution, working with Roslindale Main Streets and Historic Boston to knit together old and new.


PCA’s solution completes this last edge of the town “square”, reinventing the substation as a restaurant and introducing new 43-unit residential building that wraps around the station. The new residences both create 24/7 activity and help to subsidize the costs of renovations to the older building.

The Parkside on Adams residences offer studio, one- and two-bedroom units, bike storage, a fourth floor garden roof terrace and on grade parking for 38 cars. A small office space—the future home for Roslindale Village Main Street—activates the building along Washington Street, reinforcing this façade’s commercial character. At the back of the site, a residential treatment conceals on-grade parking for the residences. Six of the units are designated as affordable and available by lottery.

PCA is working with renowned chef Chris Douglass (of the popular Ashmont Grill and Tavolo) to create a new destination restaurant in the substation’s soaring interior space. The design showcases the industrial character of the historic structure, particularly the restored brick, tile, and massive windows. The restaurant features outdoor seating, local, creative cuisine, and the casual neighborhood atmosphere found at Douglass’ other restaurants.


Boston HeraldHot Property: Luxury Living in Roslindale Village, January 15, 2016

Historic BostonHistoric Substation Powers Roslindale’s Future, October 31, 2014

Commercial Property Executive$15 Million Adaptive Reuse Project Underway at Historic Roslindale Substation and Adjacent Lot, October 8, 2014

Historic BostonMayor Walsh. HBI. RVMS and Peregrine Group Break Ground on the Roslindale Substation, September 8, 2014

Boston GlobeMayor Breaks Ground on “The Parkside on Adams” in Roslindale, September 6, 2014

Historic BostonRoslindale Substation Development to Break Ground September 6th, August 22, 2014

New England Real Estate JournalHistoric Boston Inc. and Roslindale Main Street celebrate national historic listing of Roslindale substation: Peregrine Group assists with property redevelopment, November 15, 2013


2020 Preservation Achievement Award
Boston Preservation Alliance

2020 Mayor Thomas Menino Legacy Award
Preservation Massachusetts