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.
Bowdoin Manor is an existing SRO facility located on Beacon Hill, just steps away from Boston's State House. The 115 unit property is made up of three adjacent buildings of five stories each, plus basements. It serves a formerly homeless population by not only providing them a home, but also a balance of independence, support, and acceptance. A management office provides social service coordination to residents.
The Cambridge YWCA provides a vital and unique blend of athletics and educational programs, social support services, and SRO housing to its Central Square neighborhood. The YWCA is working with Davis Square Architects to adapt their facilities to the dynamic needs of the neighborhood. Our services started with a detailed Capital Needs Assessment of the existing facilities, with particular focus on energy performance improvements to help control the organization's operating costs well into the future.
23-25 Alaska Street is a lodging house developed by Caritas Communities that provides clean and safe furnished rooms with shared common spaces affordable to the low wage working person. The project is the gut rehab and transformation of a historical building for 17 single room occupancy units, including a caretaker’s unit and an accessible unit, each with a full bath. Five new shed roof dormers were added to the building to provide adequate headroom for the third floor units to make them liveable space.
The new 35,000 sf Residential Treatment Center consolidates all of Hope House's programming and operations under one roof, allowing one of Boston's oldest substance abuse treatment centers for men to serve clients and to deliver services more efficiently.
Inn Transition is the renovation and expansion of an existing masonry building in Peabody, Massachusetts. Citizens for Adequate Housing currently leases the property and provides sober living transitional housing for families coming out of the DTA referral system. Formerly a Jewish Community Center, the building is registered with the National Registry of Historic Places.
Situated in the Bellingham Square Historic District in downtown Chelsea, the Toward Independent Living & Learning Building is a beautiful integration of community, retail, and residential space into the surrounding neighborhood.When TILL, a not-for-profit human service agency that provides a range of support services to individuals with disabilities, decided to expand its community based residential, vocational, and support services to Chelsea, they saw the hidden potential in three run-down structures.
Davis Square Architects joined forces with Caritas Communities and Viet-Aid in an innovative project to reclaim this vacant, fire-damaged building for the Field’s Corner, Dorchester, neighborhood. The wood-frame structure was gutted and reconfigured to combine 12 accessible SRO (single room occupancy) units with ground floor retail. This mix of housing and commerce provided an important new resource for Field’s Corner’s growing Vietnamese community. Inaugurated by the Mayor of Boston, this project has been hailed as a prototype for further community-oriented collaborations.
Transition House is the centerpiece of several Steppingstone, Inc. properties in Fall River, Massachusetts. It provides ten single-room occupancy (SRO) bedrooms with shared baths and group living areas for persons recovering from drug and alcohol dependencies.
The Rockwell House, developed by Pine Street Inn, provides permanent, single room occupancy (SRO) housing for homeless persons with AIDS. This gut renovation includes a third-floor addition, new basement meeting rooms, and new private baths for each unit.The building is designed to be completely accessible to persons with disabilities, and includes a lily pond and private meditation space in the garden.