Historic Renovation for Homeless Shelter Wins Award
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness won the 2022 Preservation Achievement Award for Rehabilitation and Reuse from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. An historic building at 10 Green Street in Concord, renowned for its Victorian inspired architecture, now provides 4 additional high quality, one bedroom apartments for people in need of a safe shelter.
Working closely with Warrenstreet Architects, JH Spain provided construction management and general contracting services to fully renovate this 2,500 square-foot, 2-story Victorian home which was originally built in 1880. The building had for many years been used for office space. Deterioration had taken its toll on both the interior and exterior. Major interior renovation was required to build in 4 one-bedroom apartments along with functional common areas while preserving the historically significant architectural integrity. The finished project is now fulfilling the goal of helping to alleviate homelessness in Concord, and it has improved aesthetic value of the neighborhood.
Of particular significance was the retention of the front porches, replacement of windows that were sympathetic to the originals, and overall retention of the Italianate detailing that is inherent in this property. The exterior clapboard and “gingerbread” trim were prepped and repainted in period-appropriate colors. To the highest degree possible, we preserved the original look and feel of the 1880 home. This included window positions, doors, trim work, marble fireplace surrounds, built in cabinetry and the grand staircase.
Local Support & Collaboration
This was the first ever housing real estate purchase by Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and is part of their “Housing First” initiative. Housing First is a nationwide model for ending homelessness centered on the belief that everyone can achieve stability in permanent housing directly from homelessness, and that stable housing is the foundation for achieving other health or social service goals.
As the award nominator aptly stated, “...the results show how enhancing the character and features of this notable property not only adds significant value to the Concord community but to the lives of some of its most vulnerable residents.”
Many fine organizations contributed to this project’s success. They include:
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness
Warrenstreet Architects, Inc.
JH Spain Commercial Services, LLC
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
The Rotary Club of Concord, NH
The Dobles Foundation
Resilient Buildings Group, Inc.
Merrimack County Savings Bank
Concord Food Co-op
Franklin Savings Bank
Keeler Family Realtors
Cleveland Waters & Bass, P.A.
McLean Middleton, P.A.
Concord Commercial Real Estate
Fairway Real Estate, LLC
Concord Housing + Redevelopment
As part of our commitment to the community, JH Spain works with nonprofit partners to help improve people’s lives and we welcome discussions about ongoing needs and opportunities in Greater Concord.
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