Capital City landmark
Historic Concord hotel gets new life
The downtown landmark is reopening after a massive overhaul over the last year and a half. The Endicott's former 36 one-bedroom units have been converted into 24 apartments designed to blend contemporary urban living with the iconic features of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
CATCH stands for Concord Area Trust for Community Housing, a nonprofit organization that assists low- to moderate-income families with housing. That means the colossal undertaking was to be done on a very tight budget that required some creative ways to save money without skimping on the building that has stood at the corner of South Main and Pleasant streets since 1894.
Foley said Neiswenter told her flatly this was no class project for students. She called up four NHIA graduates who were now professional designers and got them on board to work pro bono.
Designer Rene Rucci said she and her former classmates enjoyed the challenge of envisioning a dramatic transformation and seeing it through the entire process.
Rucci said the design team worked with an architect while narrowing down what walls needed to stay and what could go as the group tried to create space and take advantage of the Endicott's high ceilings.
The loft is definitely not typical for a property offered by CATCH, which decided to take a new approach once the overhaul was complete and rent the apartments at market rate rather than charge the lower affordable housing levels. The idea was to create a source of funding for the organization, which like all nonprofits has suffered through the bad economic times.
A majority of the work was inside the building, which still appears much as it did in photographs taken in the early 1900s when the Endicott thrived as a hotel just a block up the hill from the train station. The semicircle turret windows on the northwest corner still stand out boldly along Main Street and provide a nice breakfast nook in the second floor two-bedroom model apartment Rucci and her colleagues designed, then decorated with some of their creativity and works by artists from the institute, which are on display and for sale.
Foley said construction crews had been working from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. in a push to get the building open by the end of July. The building was ready for the first residents to start moving in on Aug. 1.
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