Boston – The 19th-century building at 152 Hampden Street, originally home to the Boston Piano Company, is one of the winners of a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award.
During its long history, the building housed Hall Treadle Works, Stimler Machine Shop, and the Peet Valve Company.
By the time Michael Feldman looked at the building to house his survey company, the first floor was a dirty storage space for cars and bicycles. But he envisioned the large masonry structure becoming the headquarters for his business and bringing new life and energy to the Roxbury community.
An extensive renovation program was carried out by a project team that included Bay Colony Development Corp., Boston Environmental Corp., C3, Eastern Bank, Feldman, Goulston & Storrs, HW Moore Associates, Inc., The Lagasse Group, McMahon Architects, McPhail Associates, LLC, Perishable Management Services, Marzilli & Company, and TFMoran Inc.
The building is now Feldman’s headquarters. The offices on the upper floors embrace original features of the building with exposed beams and restored metal doors. The first floor is now home to a local brewery, Backlash Beer Company.
“An old piano factory, a brewery, and a land surveying company with roots in transits and tape measures now embracing lasers and drones, seem like an odd blend, but in fact demonstrate the ultimate creative fusion that breeds success, vibrancy, and character of a modern city,” says Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance.