Lofty Honor for The Architectural Team of Chelsea

May 25, 2011
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The Architectural Team of Chelsea has earned more recognition for its work on successful adaptive reuse projects for the Atlas Lofts. The architects combined sensitive preservation of historic fabric with successful

market concepts and urban revitalization.

The Architectural Team won praise for the conversion of the Russell Box Factory in Chelsea into unique, contemporary mixed-income rental apartments. The project has won the “Adaptive Reuse” category of the

2011 Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Awards. With 53 apartments featuring oversized windows, soaring wood-beam ceilings and exposed brick and concrete, Atlas Lofts is a desirable and trendy draw for renters of all kinds.

Atlas Lofts was developed by Mitchell Properties, LLC, and is located in Chelsea, in the Box District on Gerrish Avenue – a chic, transit-oriented neighborhood featuring revitalized industrial buildings and formerly

vacant lots now offering residences for a wide range of  income levels.

What’s more, Atlas Lofts is a model of sustainable living: the roof supports 186 recently installed solar panels, which have already offset about a ton of CO2 emissions in less than two weeks of operation.

The Atlas Lofts and the Box District are not far from the prestigious Admiral’s Hill waterfront area, which  boasts a former naval hospital repurposed into luxury apartments and a 19th-century naval commandant’s home completely rehabilitated and converted into The Architectural Team’s own offices. The firm has been

involved with Admiral’s Hill’s revitalization from the beginning, a project that, now complete, has created 750 new dwellings.

Atlas Lofts is another notable example of the breadth of design work by The Architectural Team over its 40-year history. The firm boasts a strong record of transforming urban areas in Boston and around the country, and its credentials for historic projects — especially mill conversions — are unparalleled.


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