Fitchburg Yarn Works

Project Description

Colantonio Inc. performed a gut renovation of the historic Nockege River Mill building, near downtown Fitchburg, for the 96-unit Fitchburg Yarn Works.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 100-year-old former home of the Fitchburg Yarn Company sits on 7.5 acres on the banks of the Nashua River.  Its 182,500 square feet of space span three massive floors and features 57 market rate units, 39 affordable units, community space and many exposed brick walls.  The building boasts more than 280 8’ x 10’ windows to provide each unit with expansive views and plenty of natural light.

Given that the original design allowed river water to flow through the mill’s partial earthen basement, Colantonio’s crew had to remove the first floor and rebuild it with concrete slab at least two feet above the 100-year floodplain.  Other restoration work includes repointing and repairing the exterior brick envelope and chimney stack and structural reinforcement to the roof.

Fitchburg Yarn Works


Fitchburg, MA
The Architectural Team
182,500 SF
Delivery Method

Private CM at Risk

Key Features

Adaptive Reuse

Historical Restoration

Affordable Housing

Low-income Tax Credits

New Structure Inside Shell

  • 2019 Preservation Massachusetts, Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award
  • 2018 Massachusetts Historical Commission, Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation & Restoration
  • 2018 Building Design & Construction, Reconstruction Award