Fenway Studios boston, MA
Designed by Parker & Thomas in 1905, Fenway Studios is the oldest continuously functioning building in the country dedicated solely to artists’ spaces. A number of prominent Boston artists and teachers have lived and worked here, including Marion B. Allen, William Kaula, Leslie Prince Thompson and Marion L. Pooke. The building is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
Undeniably a local treasure, Fenway Studios has been fortunate to receive significant support from the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SSV’s involvement with the building began in 2017, when its stewards commissioned a comprehensive conditions assessment. Among the most notable findings in this assessment were the presence of extreme calcium carbonate buildup in the bricks at the watertable and the need for window replacement. A 2018 project, funded in part by the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF), involved rebuilding the western portion of the deteriorated watertable and replacing one of the existing aluminum windows with a prototype wood window. Another MPPF-funded project to replace badly deteriorated windows and rebuild the eastern portion of the watertable is ongoing.