Gienapp Design provided architectural and engineering services for the rehabilitation and modernization of Danvers Town Hall. The original core of the building was constructed in 1855 and underwent two others significant renovations in the 1880’s and 1950’s. Our project was executed to preserve the building’s historical character while providing modernization for today’s use.
The project provided an improved interior layout, revitalized interior finishes, and upgraded the mechanical building systems. A significant part of the project was to improve the integrity of the building exterior, which included installing insulation and selective repair and replacement of many exterior decorative features including columns, quoins and rusticated siding. Salvageable windows were refurbished for use on the historical front and the remaining windows were replaced with maintenance free units. The deep cornice was repaired and reroofed with traditional standing seam copper. A new roof was installed and finished new half-round copper gutters.
As with many of Gienapp Design’s historical renovation projects, full accessibility was provided through a blend of typical code-compliant renovations and unique alternatives allowed by a variance granted by the Architectural Access Board.
Our services included the design of a temporary Town Hall at a vacant school building, procurement of moving services and interior design services for the selection of new furniture for many areas.
Gienapp Design was honored with a 2010 Preservation Award for the project.