Massachussetts Historical Society


The master plan began with a comprehensive building assessment, addressing architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical components, as well as access and code requirements. ABA worked with MHS staff to evaluate functions, programs, use of space, and future growth requirements. The long-term space needs plan supported the Society`s goal of making its resources more accessible to the public and recognized the challenge of housing its expanding collections on a confined urban site. ABA identified a four-phase program of work to completely upgrade the building and allow the Society to remain operational throughout construction. The work included exterior envelope restoration, as well as improvement of technical services, administrative and editorial offices, and public areas. The building was made universally accessible. The project renewed historic the reading rooms that double as conference space, introduced climate control and infrastructure upgrades into the stack areas, and created high-security storage with appropriate fire protection systems. Conservation laboratories were updated. Renovations to historic rooms created galleries, seminar rooms, and space for receptions.

Renovation, 2004