Mishawum Park Apartments, Charlestown, MA

Mishawum Park Apartments, Charlestown, MA

Scope
Renovation
337 units

Award-Winning
NAHMA’s “Community of Quality” award for “Turnaround of a Troubled Property”

The 337 units in Mishawum Park Apartments represent 7% of Charlestown's rental stock and the last major rehabilitation project funded by the HUD Title Six Preservation Program. Built in the 1960s, Mishawum rejected high-rise multi-family housing in favor of access to usable outdoor space for all units. However, the execution of this concept created a blighted landscape of aluminum-clad, monochromatic, poorly detailed structures.

Our design intent was to visually break down the 19 long blocks into domestic-scale units more appropriate to their Charlestown context. Architectural improvements entailed a full renovation of all apartment interiors, as well as upgrades of all building systems, including envelope, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety. Residents are given a vibrant outdoor space through the reconfiguration of elevated garden terraces, connecting sky bridges, and dramatic variation in color and detailing.