Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2006 Preservation Award Winners
Holyoke Health Center - Holyoke
Holyoke Health Center - Holyoke

Category: Adaptive Reuse

The Holyoke Health Center is a multi-building complex in the heart of downtown Holyoke. Built in 1889 & 1890 the complex housed the McAuslan & Wakelin department store and Epstein Furniture. When vacated in 2001, the complex left a substantial hole in the downtown streetscape, in a critical location across from the City Hall.

Many of the architectural features remain intact such as the mosaic tile in the vestibule, polished marble wainscoting, Doric pilasters on the upper stories, glass storefronts with leaded glass transoms, and vented bulkheads.

The Holyoke Health Center hired consultants to design the renovation and adaptive reuse of the complex. The new design included the creation of a linear atrium that connected three buildings owned by the Holyoke Health Center into a campus environment or "medical mall" that can serve 17,000, primarily low-income, patients.

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