Along the Mystic River Parkway, the long-vacant Mystic Pump Station has been adapted to affordable senior housing as part of the larger Capen Court expansion project. With a growing demand for such housing, the City of Somerville chose to incorporate this notable yet dilapidated structure to reinvigorate a central entrance into the City.
The rehabilitation created 25 housing units within the historic building, with designated common spaces including a lounge and other communal areas. Efficient, adaptable and accessible units were integrated into a double-loaded corridor while maximizing the expansive historic window inserts. Special attention was paid to not only historic features but sustainable features in order to minimize the long-term energy expenses for the building.