Mary D Stone Senior Apartments
The first of two adaptive reuse projects of former schools, the development of the Mary D Stone School brings 55 affordable senior apartments to the town of Auburn. The development falls within the Massachusetts 40B developments, requiring towns to make 10% of their housing affordable.
The design of the expansion and new construction is inspired by the “T” shape, form, and proportions of the existing school.The slope of the new roof and the groupings of the new windows reflect the roof slope and window fenestration rhythm of the old school. Materials are complimentary to the historic building. The large former classrooms with their tall ceilings make for spacious one-bedroom apartments with lots of natural light provided by large windows.
Built in the 1920s, the school was no longer apt for today’s education, but its location in the center of town lends itself to an effective senior community. Residents, several of whom were former students at the school, will be able to connect with the adjacent town hall and a nearby park and playground will allow for intergenerational activities.