Designed by: Blueline Design
Location: Pittsfield, MA
The financial success of the 1950s (postwar baby boom and housing increase) created the problems of the 1960s and 1970s. Population increases and migration into new areas necessitated more livable spaces with no zoning laws or building codes. The original 1913 8-unit middle class apartment building became a 32-unit SRO in the 1970s.
Looking at the pattern of the original building, Blueline restored Parkview, opening floorplans, and restoring windows that had once been boarded. The façade was cleaned and repointed. The roofline profile had been removed and it was reintroduced from the original building, honoring the City Beautiful Movement that was so popular in the late 19th century