Park Street School

school exterior and interior


Park Street School Boston, Massachusetts

Park Street School, a 240-student elementary school in the Beacon Hill Historic District, is in a restored 25,000 square foot structure that was built in 1913 as the first fireproof school building in Boston. Originally known as the Brimmer School, it was subsequently used by several colleges until Park Street School purchased it and fully restored it to its original use as a private elementary school. The project required zoning approvals, historic reviews, accessibility improvements, building envelope restoration and extensive interior renovations. Original features were restored while bringing the building and its systems up to current standards.

The completed project was honored with three preservation awards:

  • Massachusetts Historical Commission –

Preservation Award for Rehabilitation and Restoration

  • Massachusetts Architectural Access Board –

Award for Accessible Design and Historic Preservation

  • Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts – Build New England Performance Award

Mills Whitaker Architects is assisting the school with two subsequent projects, a 3-story addition to its inner courtyard and adaptive reuse of an adjacent former carriage house into classrooms, meeting space and administrative offices.

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