About the Project
Built circa 1885, the 6-story building at 115 Mt Auburn Street, known as Waverly Hall, is a historic masonry building and part of the Harvard Square Historic District, City of Cambridge. Until recently, the building was partially occupied but in disrepair. The new owner wanted to renovate the historic structure and retain its residential use by creating functional and modern studio apartments in the heart of Harvard Square. In 2014, Hereva was brought in to facilitate a restructuring of the team and to revive the design and construction schedule with the client’s commercial goals in mind.
The goal was to completely restore the structure and entire envelope of this Cambridge landmark building, maintaining the historic façade and other architectural details. Working closely with Cambridge Historic Commission, the team carefully restored the original façade details, including brick, masonry and stained glass and replaced the ornate cornice at the roof.
The many challenges of this project included the on-going design review of the antique masonry, the logistics of working in a dense urban area and next to the Harvard MBTA electrical vehicle turnaround (overhead cables restricted site access) and within the limits of the renovation requirements.