40 Upton Street

40 Upton Street

Scope
19 SRO units, Renovation

As a part of Pine Street Inn’s goal to provide more permanent housing and decrease the number of residents in their emergency shelters, the inn purchased the valuable brownstones on Upton Street in Boston’s South End. Davis Square Architects teamed with the Pine Street Inn and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs to combine and renovate the two historic structures into a single facility that includes 19 SRO units, offices, common spaces, and an outdoor patio.

Davis Square Architects worked closely with the South End Landmarks and Massachusetts Historic Commissions to preserve the historic character of the buildings while also renovating them to meet current building codes and include new systems. The renovated units all have kitchenettes and baths, and feature beautiful historic elements such as large windows, crown molding, trim, and marble mantles. The building also accommodates an onsite manager.

Despite the fact that the project, which provides housing for formerly homeless individuals, had to overcome a number of hurdles in its development, it has received much support and praise from the Mayor and serves as a model for other similar projects around the City.