Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Chapman Arms is a 50-unit historic building consisting of 25 affordable and 25 market-rate units, in addition to nearly 10,000 sf of commercial space. Originally dormitories for Harvard graduate students, the building dates back to 1898 and was designed by Josephine Wright Chapman, one of the first female architects in the US. Davis Square Architects restored the building back to its original beauty while paying careful attention to the historic elements. The scope of work included masonry repairs, new windows, energy efficiency improvements, a new boiler and chiller as well as select kitchen and bathroom upgrades.
Chapman Arms was also the first project to utilize Chapter 40T, the state’s new preservation statute. The success of Chapman Arms has resulted in the preservation of a vibrant community and has helped ensure a stable future for the families’ homes and neighborhood.