Renovation & Restoration
379 Main Street
6 Chatham Street
Beechwood Inn
Mechanics Hall
Walker Block
84 Williams Street

Building in New England means interacting with history. It is a master craft to simultaneously preserve the history of a community while creating vibrant spaces that bolster the local economy.

RP Maisello has extensive experience restoring and renovating historic structures, including those listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We understand how to bring these treasures into the modern age, preserving their historic public face and rejuvenating their core with new technology and mechanical systems. Here are a few examples of our historic-building work in Worcester, Massachusetts.

379 Main Street

Full exterior restoration of this five-story Second Empire mansard building, bringing the façade back to the way it looked when built in 1870. The interior was rebuilt into 55 units of micro-loft housing for students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

6 Chatham Street

Built in 1892 by the WYCA as a boarding house for 50 women, this venerable six story masonry structure was also home to the Worcester Performing Arts Center and Foothills Theatre. In 2019, RP Masiello will be renovating and repurposing the building for 26 apartments.

Worcester Farmhouse (Beechwood Inn)

The old farmhouse at Worcester State Hospital opened in 1895 to house 60 patients who worked the farm as part of their therapy. In the 1990s the Georgian Revival red-brick farmhouse was purchased by the adjacent Beechwood Hotel. RP Masiello was selected to restore the façade and renovate the interior for use as modern office space.

Mechanics Hall

Multiple projects over the years, including upgrading mechanical systems and architectural restoration at Mechanics Hall, built in 1857, and widely regarded as the premiere pre-Civil War concert hall in the United States.

Walker Block (405 Main Street)

Built in 1895, the Walker Block was an impressive four-story masonry building with classical lines and decorative carvings. Over the years it was subdivided and re-clad with marginal materials, obscuring its image. A Washington D.C. based developer purchased the building and engaged RP Masiello to restore the historic façade.

84 Williams Street (Becker College President’s House)

This 6,500 sq. ft. Tudor style mansion, circa 1900, was built as a grand residence but became part of the Becker College campus in the 1990s. It was divided up for offices and administrative spaces. In 2019, Becker engaged RP Masiello to bring the building back to its turn-of-the century grandeur, while modernizing it to serve as the new President’s House.