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Four Universal Window Projects Earn 2024 Preservation Mass Awards

July 10, 2023
Abbot Building Complex, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. Photo Credit: Anton Grassl for PCA

Marlborough — Historic replica windows were recently replaced for four projects honored by Preservation Massachusetts, the non-profit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage, at their annual Preservation Awards event. Held at the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House on June 28th, this year’s theme was “A Lifetime of Preservation,” which in addition to celebrating 20 preservation projects, honored four individuals who have substantially contributed to historic preservation efforts. Since 1988, Preservation Massachusetts has recognized the best in preservation with its annual awards program.

Universal Window supplied windows to four of the commercial buildings that were recognized, with winners in two separate categories: The Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, which celebrates “people and projects that have displayed the highest level of commitment to historic preservation in the Commonwealth,” and the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award, which honorsprojects that are transformative, catalytic, embrace the community, create partnerships, and revitalize the best of the past to make something good for the future.”

The Tsongas Award winners for Universal were: Fabrica Mills in Lawrence and the Lower Basin Barracks in Boston. Fabrica Mills owner Trinity Financial, transformed roughly a quarter of the 450,000-square-foot Marriner Mill in Lawrence into 87 units of mixed-income rental housing. The project was designed by ICON Architecture and constructed by Aberthaw Construction. The Lower Basin Barracks in Boston was designed by architectural firm Finegold Alexander for the Massachusetts State Police. The Menino Legacy Award winners were The Abbot Building, a renowned landmark in Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Southbridge Mills in Southbridge. The restoration of the trio of century-old buildings known as the Abbot Building complex was designed by Cambridge architecture firm Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA) for owner Regency Centers. Winn Development transformed Southbridge Mills, a late-19th century mill building — and the former headquarters of American Optical — into 48 affordable apartments, from a design by The Architectural Team. Southbridge Mills.

The four individuals honored by Preservation Massachusetts were preservationist Fred Ecker of Yarmouth Port for his conservation work with Marsh Farm; William Smith of Brookline’s Engineering and Transportation Department for his restoration work the Carlton Street Footbridge; Charles M. Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission; and the late Robert J. “Bob” Verrier of The Architectural Team for his 50 years of adapting historic mills, hospitals, wharves, and schools.

Southbridge Mills, Southbridge, MA. Photo Credit:
Gregg Shupe for WinnCompanies