PCA was engaged by Capstone Communities to design the complete historic rehabilitation of the 100 year old, 4-story Geo Knight & Company Building, located in the heart of suburban Brockton’s Smart Growth Overlay District near the town’s City Hall.
Station Lofts offers 25 mixed income apartment homes including 5 artist’s lofts, 16 two-bedroom and 4 one-bedroom units, a fitness center and parking for 26 cars on site. The design capitalizes on the original building space and features to create the type of environment sought after by young professionals, empty nesters and others in the targeted demographic. Exposed brick and ceiling beams, original wood floors, bead board ceilings, sliding fire doors and a stairway to the second floor were preserved and integrated into the design. The installation of historically accurate windows, re-pointing of the original brick exterior, new landscaping, sidewalk and lighting improvements transforms this abandoned building, infusing life into the downtown and helping to spur future housing and economic development.
The building was originally occupied in 1898 by the Stall and Dean Company - one of the oldest sporting goods manufactures in America - producing uniforms and equipment for many Hall of Fame athletes and a variety of sports teams from baseball, tennis, football, basketball, and volleyball to the first hockey teams in the country. The adaptive reuse has been designed in compliance with Massachusetts Historical Commission and National Park Service standards for rehabilitation, utilizing federal and state historic tax credits that have enabled it to preserve the building’s historical integrity and details.