2101 Washington Street Wins Boston Preservation Alliance Award

Exterior Credit: Tina Liu

2101 Washington in Roxbury, Mass. has been awarded a Preservation Achievement award by the Boston Preservation Alliance. The challenging historic renovation was honored along with eight other projects that “show that buildings designed for the needs of people from past centuries can be renewed to fit the needs of a contemporary world.”

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This commercial building with classical details is part of the original fabric of Dudley Square and welcomes those entering the historic neighborhood from the east. Since its construction, the building has played a central role in the culture of Dudley Square and it has become a symbol of the neighborhood. Built in stages starting in the 1880s and into the early 1900s, the structure is actually three buildings pieced together over time. For many years it housed the ethnic supermarket and neighborhood anchor Tropical Foods (El Platanero). Madison Park Development Corporation purchased the property in 2011 and recently rehabilitated it into a mixed-use building with retail on the street level and 30 residential units above. Sixteen of the units will be rented to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income, five units at 70 percent, and nine at market rate.

The project team experienced many challenges in the process of reviving this building. Walls were deteriorating and the whole northeast facade needed to be replaced. The team carefully examined the historic integrity of the building to preserve the two viable elevations and to use an architectural language compatible with the building and its surroundings.

This year’s event will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Revere Hotel in Boston.

  • With this project Madison Park CDC demonstrates that buildings carry valuable elements of community memory and sense of place for neighborhood residents. Their investment here not only provides critical affordable housing and retail opportunities for local businesses but bolsters community pride through the connections between past present and future.
    Greg GalerExecutive directorBoston Preservation Alliance

Project Team:
Madison Park Development Corporation
DHK Architects
Kaplan Construction
ADK Construction Consulting, LLC.
Commercial Construction Consulting
Geotechnical Partnership, Inc
MacRostie Historic Advisors
Thompson & Lichtner
Thornton Tomasetti
Universal Window and Door
Wil-Spec, LLC
Wozny Barbar & Associates