Boston – The Boston Children’s Museum recently received the 2021 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award by Preservation Massachusetts for the renovation of the historic Hood Milk Bottle structure.
South Coast Improvement Company was the general contractor for this restoration of the Hood Milk Bottle that stands between the Children’s Museum and Fort Point Channel at 308 Congress St. Renovations began in August 2020 and wrapped up in October 2020. Wessling Architects of Quincy provided the architectural services for the project.
Work done on the Hood Milk Bottle included stripping the exterior down to the frame and installing new insulation, sheathing, siding, windows and doors. The interior received new plumbing, HVAC, and electrical, as well as a makeover so the facility can serve ice cream again.
“The challenge with this restoration was to maintain the historic character of this iconic structure while replacing constantly deteriorating exterior materials with more durable options for this waterfront location,” said Scott Winkler, associate at Wessling Architects. “We felt that the renewed commitment of Boston Children’s Museum and Hood to maintain this important piece of history deserved to be recognized with a preservation award.”
The 2021 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award recognizes preservation projects that are transformative, catalytic, embrace the community, create partnerships, and revitalize the best of the past to make something good for the future. The Hood Milk Bottle restoration is one of 19 projects from Plymouth to Springfield that was celebrated during the month of May, coinciding with National Historic Preservation Month, which celebrates the nation’s heritage through historic places.