Metropolis Magazine Spotlights Finegold Alexander Architects’ Expertise in Adaptive Reuse

Finegold Alexander Principals Ellen Anselone and Tony Hsiao discuss the conversion of former church buildings into successful residential developments in a recent Metropolis piece.

September 16, 2021
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With an extensive background in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Finegold Alexander has worked on numerous church buildings over the years. Some of these projects—such as Harvard University’s Memorial Church—involve the painstaking restoration of historic fabric and the optimization of the congregation’s experience. Other church projects entail the conversion of former church buildings into new uses, including residential developments. The recent Metropolis piece “Finegold Alexander Breathes New Life into Former Churches” focuses on this unique phenomenon. Featured projects include The Lucas and 2 Clarendon Square, both in Boston’s South End; 260 High Park in Toronto; and a fourth church conversion in Boston’s Bay Village neighborhood.

Metropolis sat down with Vice President and Principal Ellen Anselone, AIA,LEED AP and Director of Design and Principal Tony Hsiao, AIA, LEED AP to breakdown the unique approach to repurposing these historical sites, including the market, the design process and how Finegold Alexander found its way into this niche sector.

This is a must-read piece that you don’t want to miss! Check it out, here.