Project Type

Multifamily Affordable Housing, Historic Restoration + Adaptive Reuse


Capstone Communities and MPZ Development


Completed 2023


Bridgewater, MA


70,000 SF, 57 units, 90% affordable


Passive House (PHIUS+ 2018 CORE) and LEED Gold Certifications


Anton Grassl

The McElwain School Apartments located in Bridgewater MA is a historic rehabilitation and expansion of a 1912 school that has been transformed into 70,000 SF of housing (90% affordable). The development comprises 38 units in one new three-story building, 16 units in a historic schoolhouse, 3 units in an existing historic house, and more than 17,000 SF of community public green space. The project also included the restoration of a historic Greek Revival house and barn on the property. In addition, the new three-story residential building meets the high performance building standard for both Passive House Certification and LEED Gold Certification.

This project was praised by the Town of Bridgewater and the residents in the community who attended elementary school at the McElwain before the transformation, as their supportive turnout was appreciated at the development’s Grand Opening in September 2023.