Ames Shovel Works

Adaptive Re-use Housing | Historic District, Easton, Massachusetts

Situated in the North Easton Historic District, the former Ames Shovel Works manufacturing complex was once listed among America’s 11 Most Endangered Historical Places by the National Trust. 

Working with PCA Architects, Halvorson Design's role included design of all open spaces within the site. Adaptive reuse of the historic buildings and grounds features 113 residences, 1.5 acres of accessible public space, a new wastewater treatment facility, and LEED Gold and Silver ratings. Natural stone elements celebrate the site’s industrial heritage, while angular walkways complement the contemporary use of the site.

The construction process uncovered two major artifacts – a water wheel used to generate power and a large bell that signaled the work day – that are included in the park design.


2015 Paul E. Tsongas Award,
Preservation Massachusetts

2015 Preservation Award,
Massachusetts Historical Commission

2015 J. Timothy Anderson “Timmy” Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation,
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association

2016 Featured Article "Ames to Please," 
Design New England Magazine




8 acres



Cynthia Smith FASLA



Beacon Communities

PCA Architects