Manomet Place

New Bedford, MA

The $19.2M historic conversion of a 114-year-old, three-story 20th-century former cotton textile mill marks the completion of the phased redevelopment of Manomet Place. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original Manomet Mills Complex was built in the early 1900s along the Acushnet River and later housed the Cliftex Corporation, a textile clothing company.

Phase one successfully rehabilitated a 142,000 square foot portion of the mill into a 76 unit mixed-income age-restricted community. The second phase completed ten years later, involved the adaptation of the adjacent 135,732 square foot mill into 71 one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable and workforce units, restricted to residents aged 55+. A newly updated shared entry lobby and leasing office seamlessly connect the two phases, resulting in a unified, contiguous structure.

As part of the extensive restoration, the exterior masonry was repaired, repointed, and cleaned for long-term stability and architectural integrity. Forty-eight monitor window units and 176 oversized windows more than seven feet wide and 12 feet high were replaced with historically appropriate, double-paned, Low-E replicas. The new windows allow natural daylight to enter the units while minimizing heat transfer and reducing heat loss by as much as 50%.

The mill’s exceptionally large floorplates – boasting 92 15-foot columns, and 115 25-foot beam sections, made from an estimated 250+ Southern Yellow Pine Old-Growth trees – posed a challenge for the residential program. The resulting design creatively uses the 27.5-foot-wide corridors as flexible resident amenity space. A light-filled library with a custom double-sided sofa, work pods, expansive mailroom, resident café lounge, and makerspace are demarcated by custom metal partitions along the 264-foot central hallway. Anchored at the northern-facing end, a game lounge offers flexible resident activity space with comfortable seating, a kitchenette, a TV, and a pool table.

Existing historic monitor window openings on the third floor allow additional light to filter into the central residential corridor. Thoughtfully planned routing and placement of piping and ventilation ducts complement the building’s design exposing architectural surfaces and details such as the original pine decking, while mediating the spatial volume.

An outdoor patio area, scheduled to be completed in 2023, will feature a garden shed with rain barrels and potting tables, communal lounge space, a bocce court, a gazebo, grills, and new landscaping with native plantings that protect the riverfront wetland buffer. Designed to meet Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) sustainability standards, the revitalized structure is solar panel-ready and benefits from contemporary hybrid-style HVAC heat pumps to promote energy efficiency.



    Interior Design

  • TYPE

    Historic Preservation | Restoration + Adaptive Reuse

    Senior Living

  • SIZE
    142,000 sf
    Completed in 2022

    Paul & Niki Tsongas Award
    Preservation Massachusetts