Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2006 Preservation Award Winners
TiNovo (Bull Mansion/G.A.R. Hall) - Worcester
 
TiNovo (Bull Mansion/G.A.R. Hall) - Worcester, MA

Category: Adaptive Reuse

The Bull Mansion/G.A.R. Hall Building is a preservation success story. Commissioned by Daniel Wesson in 1876 as a wedding gift for his daughter, renowned architect Calvert Vaux designed the Bull Mansion in the High Victorian Gothic style. The building has a granite exterior and high-pitched roof and dormers.

In 1912, the local Grand Army of the Republic chapter purchased the Bull Mansion, adding a meeting hall and banquet hall to the rear of the building. By the 1930s, the G.A.R. chapter transferred ownership to the city of Worcester, because they  were unable keep up with the building's maintenance. In 2003, Preservation Worcester placed the mansion on its annual “Most Endangered” list, the building having been nearly vacant for more than 30 years. In 2005, chef Mitch Terricciano, purchased Bull Mansion/G.A.R. Hall to preserve the building and bring upscale dining back to downtown Worcester. Later that same year he opened TiNovo in the historic mansion.

The rehabilitation project was completed in three months. The project team integrated a modern full-service restaurant within the confines of a multi-story historic structure with a commercial kitchen, new elevator, dumbwaiter, restrooms, and bars. This project ensures that a superb example of residential design remains intact for the Worcester community.

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