Frederic C. Adams Heritage Center  Kingston, MA

Listed more than a decade ago as one of Massachusetts’ Most Endangered Historic Resources, the Kingston Public Library was reclaimed by the town and underwent a transformation to a heritage center and community gathering place. This archetypal Colonial Revival building was designed in 1898 by Joseph Everett Chandler, an MIT-trained “antiquarian” architect and a leading proponent of the Colonial Revival movement. The Town was committed to preserving and celebrating the building’s striking architectural features while creating an accessible, functional venue.


Our firm was engaged to rehabilitate the building interior and to design an accessible entry addition that honors the building’s Colonial Revival character. The renovations included exhibit space and climate-controlled historic collections storage, energy efficient mechanical systems, offices, accessible restrooms, meeting rooms and performance space. The building’s elaborate interior details and finishes were painstakingly restored.

Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt / 1 Thompson Square / Charlestown MA 02129 / T 617.861.4291 / © 2018 by Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt Architects

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