Like many of its East Coast counterparts, the city of Haverhill, located in northeastern Massachusetts, is enjoying a renaissance. Over the course of a century, the city of about 60,000 saw its once-thriving shoe industry die and leave behind large, brick buildings ripe for redevelopment—and their day has come.

“Across the East Coast, the first transformation was from agriculture to industrial and now from industrial to culture,” says Mike Binette, principal of The Architectural Team in Chelsea, Mass., whose firm renovates former industry buildings.

The newest symbol of Haverhill's rebirth is Beacon Communities' $38.8 million rehabilitation of the Haverhill Board of Trade Building, which was built between 1906 and 1908. The eight-story building housed a furniture store when Boston-based Beacon purchased it to create 146 apartment homes, with 15 live/work units on the bottom floor.

“The live/work units honor the history of the building,” says Jason Korb, Beacon's development director. “In 1906, it was an incubator for small shoe businesses. If you were an immigrant, it was very expensive to start your own business unless you had a building like this. The live/work units are our way of honoring the past.”

The building also will keep its Queen Anne-style architecture, including 1,100 windows that will be replaced with vinyl versions of the originals.

“With the windows, the value of living in these spaces is the historical character and ambiance that tends to invite a fairly warm environment,” Binette says. “It brings a natural light into the spaces without additional electricity.”

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