Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2009 Preservation Award Winners
Ware High School / Church Street Senior Housing • Ware
 
Ware High School / Church Street Senior Housing - Ware

Adaptive Reuse,
Rehabilitation & Restoration

Ware High School, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Church Street Historic District, was built in two phases: the main school building of red and yellow brick in 1893, and the annex of red brick, between 1923 and 1926. The Classical Revival-style structure was designed by the architectural firm of Loring and Phipps. After the school’s closing in 1998, the vacant building fell into disrepair and suffered much vandalism.

The recent adaptive reuse and rehabilitation project converted the former high school into affordable senior housing while maintaining many significant original features. All of the original hallway partitions were retained and restored, and dropped ceilings were removed, exposing the full partitions and decorative niches. Stairs in both the original building and the annex were retained, as were some original blackboards and decorative interior windows. The original window configuration of the 1893 building was restored, and a new connector was constructed between the original building and the annex. The impressive rehabilitation and sensitive reuse of Ware High School as Church Street Senior Housing allows this building to continue to serve an important role in the community.

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