Speedway Wins Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts

The Charles River Speedway has been named a 2022 Robert H. Kuehn Jr. award winner by Preservation Massachusetts! This award recognizes extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

We are honored to be award winners this year, and we are in great company. Other award winners include extraordinary examples of great historic preservation projects like the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library, the Courthouse Lofts in Worcester, the Knitting Mill Apartments in Fall River, and Swartz Hall at the Harvard Divinity School. We look forward to celebrating them all on May 11 at the annual Preservation Massachusetts Preservation Awards.

The Charles River Speedway has also been nominated as a People’s Preservation Choice award, and we are asking for the support of the community to help us get to the top of the list. If you know and love the revitalized Speedway, we’d love to get your vote – click here to support The Speedway today!

Notch Brewing Opens at Charles River Speedway

The long-awaited second location of Salem-based Notch Brewing is now open at the Charles River Speedway!

The new taproom occupies a 3,766 sf former horse stable, from when the Speedway was a racing complex. Where possible, elements from around the site were salvaged and integrated into the Notch space. Reclaimed beams and trusses were turned into standing top tables in the bar area, and you can find old horse rings mounted to the bar. Timber from demolition at the Salem location was used to face the bar and repurposed into tables and benches.

Outside, visitors can enjoy a massive 2,000 sf year-round beer garden to drink, gather, and/or distance.

Photos from Notch Brewing official website and @charlesriverspeedway on instagram.

Shifting Gears

‘Shifting Gears’ by Henry Moss, AIA, LEED AP is a part of ArchitectureBoston’s spring theme — RENEW.

The article focuses on the historic Charles River Speedway complex as it gets set for a reawakening. The complex will be energized by a brewery and taproom (Notch), a full-service restaurant, small-format shops featuring local makers and artisans, food purveyors, social enterprises, and creative office space. The renewed Speedway site is now under construction, with the courtyard retail and taproom scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

If winter is cold and dark, at least snowdrops and the promise of spring give us hope and hint of new life. The cycles of change—to cities and the natural world—can remind us that places have souls to lose. Emotions may be mixed. There is a quiet richness to the reworking of existing buildings that has crept into the psyche of the design professions as they resurrect past aesthetics, juxtaposed against new imageries and an overturning of previous uses. Those cycles of change reel from catastrophic to delicately nuanced, and architects try to counter one and orchestrate the other.

Read the full article here.

 

Charles River Speedway Celebrates Groundbreaking

The Charles River Speedway celebrated its official groundbreaking on Thursday, October 24th!

 

Bruner/Cott joined the Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF), Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), DCAMM, and local leaders and members of the community to break ground at the historic Charles River Speedway.

AHF President Sean McDowell, 18th Suffolk District Representative Michael Moran, DCR Interim Commissioner Jim Montgomery, and DCAMM Commissioner Carl Gladstone gave speeches at the ceremony, followed by drinks from Notch Brewing, the Speedway’s anchor tenant.

The Speedway was constructed in 1899 by the Metropolitan Park Commission (MPC) as a headquarters to support the new parkway along the Charles River, a park that turned a stretch of tidal mudflats into an interconnected series of public parks. Since 2005, the facility has been largely abandoned.

Bruner/Cott is working alongside Architectural Heritage Foundation to revitalize and preserve the historic complex. The Speedway will support a diverse tenant mix that will include small retail shops and maker spaces, a restaurant, café, brewery (Notch Brewing), shared offices, and a publicly-accessible community courtyard.

We were thrilled to celebrate this project milestone! Congratulations to all involved!