Project Type

Adaptive Reuse of Historic Site


Beacon Communities


Completed 2013


North Easton, MA


79 market rate units and townhouses, 30 affordable units, 4 workforce housing units and a wastewater treatment plant


LEED for Homes Gold & Silver


John Horner, Elisif Brandon

We knew that PCA was the right fit for this unique project. Their involvement with the community process and their creative design solutions have been integral to saving this endangered landmark for the town of North Easton.

Howard Cohen, CEO, Beacon Communities LLC

At Ames Shovel Works, we unlocked this historic site’s potential, blending the architecture of these beautiful granite buildings back into the town fabric. Preserving virtually all of the historically significant structures, new additions, such as dormers and skylights, help to transform these industrial manufacturing buildings into 113 contemporary, mixed-income residences with 1.5 acres of accessible open space.

Ames Shovel Works enlivens Easton, MA, not only through the preservation of a historic landmark, but also the introduction of a waste water treatment plant which gave increased capacity to the town. Since opening, Easton has seen an uptick in activity on their main street, such as now thriving restaurants. Working collaboratively with the community and developer, our vision enables the project to preserve this national landmark while creating a contemporary new residential neighborhood for the town of Easton.

Driehaus Preservation Award, 2015

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Paul E. Tsongas Award, 2015

Preservation Massachusetts

Preservation Award, 2015

Massachusetts Historical Commission

J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, 2014

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association

Excellence Award 2015 – Development & Design Adaptive Reuse

Multi-Housing News

Best in American Living Gold Award 2015 – Adaptive Reuse Multifamily Category

National Association of Home Builders

Prism Award 2014 Best Multifamily Re-Use

Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston