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2010 AIA Housing Award Recipient

Category 3: Multifamily Living

The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill


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    JURY COMMENTS

    A gutsy new combination of
    uses for beloved historical
    buildings.

    May serve as a model strategy
    for preservation of other beloved
    “white elephant” historic
    structures.

    To be commended for
    innovative public/private
    development… and with such
    unique and livable spaces.

 


    2010 AIA Housing Awards
    Jury

    Andrew V. Porth, AIA, chair
    Porth Architects, Inc.
    Red Lodge, Mont.

    Natalye Appel, FAIA
    Natalye Appel + Associates
    Architects
    Houston

    Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA
    G. Goldberg and Associates
    Chicago

    Grace Kim, AIA
    Schemata Workshop
    Seattle

    Jane Kolleeny
    Architectural Record
    and
    GreenSource

    New York City

 

Architect

Gund Partnership

   

Owner

Waterworks Park LLC

   

Location

Chestnut Hill, Mass.


Notes of Interest

The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill is recognized as one of the finest and most intact 19th Century water systems in the country, noted for the quality of its architecture, engineering, landscape design and urban planning. This project involved the adaptive reuse of the two landmark public works buildings that originally housed steam-powered pumps and their adjacent carriage house. Creating residential units within each of the buildings presented unique design opportunities. Challenges included maintaining historic facades and designing functional units that fit within the existing parameters.

Within Whitehall, minimal windows on the northeast wing of the building did not support the fenestration requirements for residences. Because the historic facade could not be altered, a new structure was placed within this wing, creating an interior courtyard between the historic facade and the new structure, and allowing for light-filled spaces in the new units.

A portion of the Waterworks Museum building was preserved as a public museum. The museum showcases the landmark steam pumps and celebrates the history of the site. A two-story glass conference room supports museum functions, and offers dramatic views to the historic pumps and architecture.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Consultant

 

Northeast Interiors, Inc.
Building Conservation Associates, Inc.

     

Engineer

 

LeMessurier Consultants

     

General Contractor

 

Suffolk Construction

     

Landscape Architect

 

Brown, Richardson & Rowe

     

Photo Credit

 

© Chuck Choi Architectural Photography

 

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