Pearl Street Lofts, Adaptive Reuse Award, 302 Pearl Street
Located in an area struggling to create an identity of its own, the Pearl Street Lofts promise to bring new residents and vitality to a block of previously abandoned buildings. The 140,000 square foot mill complex was converted into a mixed use development consisting of residential lofts, artist live/ work spaces, commercial space, and industrial space.
The project design depended strongly on the preservation of historic components. Exteriors were restored, including all masonry and some of the original windows. A smoke stack, once obscured by other structures, has been exposed and is now a primary feature of the new complex. Inside, steel and wood beams, hardwood floors, and brick walls contribute to its industrial and historic character.
The Armory Revival Company developed the project and worked with Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects, Cutler Associates, Yoder + Tidwell, Ltd., Building Engineering Resources, Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, Inc., and Donald Sharp, Inc to make this phenomenal adaptive reuse possible.