St. Ann's Apartments, Woonsocket, RI



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School and Convent: Before & After
School and Convent: Exterior After
School and Convent: Interior Before
School and Convent: Interior After
Rectory: Exterior and Interior, Before & After
Historic Photographs 1
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St. Ann's Apartments
114-120 Gaulin Avenue
82 Cumberland Street
Woonsocket, RI

Architect: Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels
General Contractor: Pariseault Builders, Inc.
Property Manager: Ferland Property Management

St. Ann's Apartments is the adaptive reuse of the historic St. Ann's School, Convent and Rectory complex into 25 one, two and three bedroom affordable apartments. The redevelopment of the long vacant St. Ann's School/Convent and Rectory complex preserved a local landmark and served as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the surrounding Social Street neighborhood. Arch Street Development LLC listed the complex on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 and completed the renovations in 2006.

All interior and exterior work included restoration of the buildings in accordance with National Park Service guidelines for historic properties. Original wood windows on the school building were removed and carefully restored and windows previously bricked over were replaced with new wood crafted windows that replicate the original windows. The brick facade was cleaned and repointed and the building received a new roof. After the aluminum trim that had encased the entire building was removed, much of the original woodwork, dentil trim and soffit detail was restored to original splendor. The interior of the apartments offer an abundance of natural light and the open design incorporates many of the buildings' original features including pressed tin ceilings, wood floors and wainscoting. In addition to the adaptive reuse of the vacant buildings, other sustainable design and green features include a reduced parking lot area and increased green space, high efficiency heating systems with on demand hot water, low flow water fixtures, Energy Star appliances and motion sensor compact fluorescent lighting.

Total development costs were approximately $7MM and were funded through a combination of sources including both Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from Rhode Island Housing, funding from the Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission through the Building Better Communities and Neighborhood Opportunities Program, HOME funds, Lead Abatement Funds and both construction and permanent financing provided by Rhode Island Housing. The City of Woonsocket also provided Lead Remediation funding.

Arch Street Development LLC received a Rhode Island Housing Affirmative Action Award in 2007 for promoting diversity throughout the construction of of St. Ann's Apartments. Additionally St. Ann's Apartments was nominated for a 2007 J. Timothy Anderson Award from The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association for excellence in historic rehabilitation.