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Elm Street Revitalization Project • Westfield

Rehabilitation & Restoration

The Elm Street Revitalization Project rehabilitated three properties in Westfield’s downtown commercial core: the Lamberton-Loomis Building, the YMCA-Rinnova Building, and the Kimball-Marcoullier Building. All are listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Westfield Center Commercial Historic District. The Lamberton-Loomis Building, constructed in 1872 in the Italianate style, housed various commercial enterprises over the years. For much of its history, the building’s ground floor operated as a hardware store, with the two upper stories used primarily for storage. Local architect Augustus W. Holton designed the Italianate-style YMCA-Rinnova, a three-story brick building constructed in 1900. The Colonial Revival-style Kimball-Marcoullier Building, constructed in 1920, housed commercial enterprises on the ground floor and a mix of offices and residential space on the upper stories.

In the mid-20th century a number of buildings on Elm Street were demolished, and in recent years, the face of Westfield has undergone changes brought about by the addition of a new bridge over the Westfield River, a redesigned green in the center of the city, and other projects. Domus, Inc., a nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing, and the Elm Street Apartments Limited Partnership recently purchased these three buildings for rehabilitation. Their efforts have significantly supported the revitalization of the community, while preserving the historic character of the city’s downtown.

This project used state and federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. The substantial rehabilitation included returning the buildings’ façades to their original appearances as closely as possible, and restoring original doors and windows. A sensitive addition at the rear of the Lamberton-Loomis Building allowed for additional apartment space. Interior architectural features in the Rinnova Building, such as tin ceilings, millwork, and wainscoting, were saved. In the Kimball-Marcoullier Building, previous fire damage that had never been properly repaired was addressed. All electrical, heating, and plumbing systems were also updated in each building. Ultimately, the Elm Street Revitalization Project maintained these buildings’ commercial, retail, and cultural uses at the street level, while creating 19 affordable apartments on the upper stories. Elm Street Apartments Limited Partnership and Domus, Inc. are to be commended for maintaining three buildings that are integral to the historic character of downtown Westfield, while helping to provide a secure future for individuals and families in need.

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