Originally built in the late 1800’s, The Tannery was previously home to the AC Lawrence Leather Company. The property was initially converted to affordable housing in the 1970’s. The recent $49.3 million rehabilitation of The Tannery preserves Peabody’s affordable housing stock for a new generation and involves the extensive renovation of 284 units across a series of three mid-rise buildings, a seven-story building on Crowninshield Street and an amenity building with a fitness center and movie theater. The select replacement of unit finishes includes kitchen and bathroom flooring, cabinetry, and appliances. The modernized renovations enhance energy efficiency with low wattage LED lighting, Low-VOC finishes, low-flow WaterSense plumbing fixtures and select Energy Star appliances.
Keeping in mind the historic nature of the complex, the design team was tasked with reconfiguring a unique and lively amenity space for socializing and working. Combining elements of the building’s historic roots as a leather tannery with modern amenities and finishes, the result is an inviting palette of warm neutrals and moments of vibrant color balanced against historic textures of original brick and wood. A new dog park and accessible courtyard with a playground encourages resident socialization and fosters community interaction. The design invites residents to gather, work and play within spaces that feel both contemporary and grounded in history.