Columbia Terrace Apartments, Cambridge, MA

Columbia Terrace Apartments, Cambridge, MA

Scope
Renovation
42 units

When its sale threatened the loss of 42 units of affordable housing, Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. purchased the Columbia Terrace Apartments and called on Davis Square Architects to return this urban jewel to brilliance. The design started with replacement and upgrades of all major underground utilities. Common areas, unit kitchens and bathrooms were renovated for comfort and durability, and units were also reconfigured for accessibility. Additionally, the outdoor courtyard was transformed into an elegant plaza combining cobblestone pavers, granite stoops, decorative gates and railings, accent lighting, and selective landscaping. Demolition and construction debris was also salvaged for other uses, including landscaping. The resulting space slows and invites residents in from busy Columbia Street, creating a vibrant place for them to call home.