The Adams Street School
The Adams Street School is a Classical Revival / Victorian Eclectic brick building first constructed in 1896. The interior spaces – classrooms, corridors, and stairwells – share generous ceiling heights, quality finish materials, and a durability that have served the school well throughout its lifetime. Combined, the details lend an inherent charm to the building that served as a benchmark for all design decisions in the residential conversion.
The Adams Street School is listed on the Massachusetts State Registry of Historic Places.
The renovation project is an example of a “light touch” intervention. The brick exterior of the building will be powerwashed, and all existing openings filled with new high performance double-pane, double-hung black industrial windows. The new interior design retains as much of the existing elements as possible, including original solid wood classroom doors, slate chalkboards, profiled wooden trim, and, in certain cases, built-in cabinetry and pressed tin ceilings. For ease of circulation, a new elevator has been installed to supplement the existing light-filled stairwells. Each unit is afforded two parking spaces in a landscaped parking court adjacent to the building.