Feldman Headquarters Receives 2018 Preservation Achievement Award
At Feldman, we have a passion for helping preserve historic buildings and sites in and around Boston. In fact, some of the historic preservation projects we’ve contributed to include the Boston Public Library, the Paul Revere House and Minute Man National Historic Park. So when it was time for us to find a new building to house our head office, it was a natural decision to look for an old building with historic significance that we could repurpose instead of opting for a contemporary structure.
We found our new home in a Victorian Eclectic factory and warehouse — a 19th century structure located at 152 Hampden Street. The building was originally owned by the Boston Piano Company, but by the time we found it, it was a run-down storage space that had definitely seen better days. Despite this fact, our President and CEO Michael Feldman saw the building’s potential — and he also saw how an injection of business could help activate the neighborhood. After signing a tenant — Backlash Beer Co., a local brewery, which now occupies the first floor — and completing an extensive renovation, we’re now extremely proud of our new head office. Moreover, we feel privileged to be a part of the Roxbury and Dorchester communities and support the advancement of our neighborhood.
For this reason, it’s such a great honor that the Boston Preservation Alliance — a nonprofit dedicated to bringing people and organizations together to impact the future of Boston’s historic communities, buildings and landscapes — recently named our headquarters a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Preservation Achievement Award. Each year, this award is presented to projects that epitomize exceptional achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction. Past recipients include the Lenox Hotel, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Boston Athenaeum, Fenway Park, The Liberty Hotel, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, The Paramount Center and The Liberty Hotel.
As Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance Greg Galer explains, 152 Hampden Street was selected because it demonstrates the creative fusion of a contemporary city. Moreover, with a brew pub to welcome locals into the building and Feldman embracing the neighborhood, it exemplifies the highest level of community-based preservation.