Hacin + Associates to Lead Design Team for Roxbury Church Re-development

Hacin + Associates to Lead Design Team for Roxbury Church Re-development

Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI) is very pleased to announce Hacin + Associates’ selection as the lead architect for its new project, the former St. James African Orthodox Church at 50 Cedar Street in Roxbury.

The 50 Cedar Street project will involve the restoration and rehabilitation of an early 20th-century church building as well as the development of new residential units in the church’s parking lot. Built in 1910, the structure was designated a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 2018.

Hacin + Associates is a multi-disciplinary architecture and design studio located in Boston’s South End. H+A’s dedicated team of design professionals has built a broad portfolio of award-winning projects, including the Seaport’s District Hall, IDEO Cambridge, and Four51 Marlborough in the Back Bay. Working within important historic districts across the United States, H+A has won some of the profession’s highest awards for preservation, housing, and design excellence, including designation from the Boston Preservation Alliance, national AIA and HUD housing awards, and the John M. Clancy Award for socially responsible housing.

H+A was selected after a competitive RFP process that involved four other leading architectural teams from the Greater Boston area. President David J. Hacin FAIA, and Senior Associate Scott Thomson AIA will spearhead a multi-disciplinary team of designers, consulting engineers, and landscape architects to provide design and engineering services for the successful rehabilitation of the church and delivery of new housing units.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, HBI purchased the property to prevent the demolition of the church by its previous owner. HBI welcomes H+A on board looks forward to working with the design team to create a compelling vision for both components of the project.

HBI is continuing with its engagement of the Highland Park neighborhood.  HBI and H+A are scheduled to meet the neighborhood on Thursday April 4th at the First Church in Roxbury, to carry forward the community engagement process.