Hadley Apartments
Worcester, MA

Hadley Apartments is the long-awaited restoration of the former Berwick Furniture Building in Downtown Worcester. This project represents the rebirth of a near century-old furniture shopping icon which is a registered historic landmark. The program included 45 affordable apartments, commercial space at the ground floor, community meeting space and a management office. Smart Growth Strategy is exemplified as it brings much needed affordable units to a valuable piece of land near City Hall and Downtown commercial areas.

The building’s facades on Main Street and Madison Street have been preserved. The scope included historic divided light windows, repointing of masonry and reconstruction of first floor storefront glazing to replicate original entries and proportions. New windows are divided to match the original pane size and have awning-type operable windows similar to the original sash. Sections of historic tin ceilings have been saved for lobby reuse.

The building frame is largely heavy timber with tongue-and-groove wood plank floors. The first floor is concrete slab with cast iron columns. The units have exposed beams in public areas and Whalen type fancoil HVAC units. All systems have been rebuilt including stairs, elevators, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electric.

Historic Review
Full Service A/E Design