Mishawum Park Apartments, Charlestown, MA

Mishawum Park Apartments, Charlestown, MA

Scope
337 units, Renovation

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

The 337 units in the Mishawum Park Apartments represent seven percent 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 multifamily 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 included full renovation of all apartment interiors, as well as upgrades of all building systems, including envelope, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety. Reconfiguration of the elevated garden terraces, connecting sky bridges, and dramatic variation in color and detailing give the residents a vibrant outdoor space.