Union Hall is the complete rehabilitation of a classic 19th century 10,000 sf mixed-use building in the heart of downtown Rockport’s historic district. Lack of maintenance for decades combined with exposure to the elements lead to structural deterioration and unsafe conditions with led to underutilization and vacancy. The goal–Rehabilitation–maintains as many historic building materials and character-defining features as possible while making improvements to allow continuing contemporary use.
The building fronts downtown’s core, while ‘turning its back’ to what was formerly the working harbor. Times have changed and now the building’s former working rear has become its desirable water front–and the economic generator that funds the rehabilitation. The goal–Rehabilitation–maintains as many historic building materials and character-defining features as possible while making improvements to allow continuing contemporary use. Features include:
Anchor tenant Salt Water Farm Market and Restaurant emphasizing farm to table with a rear orientation to harbor views
Stunning and flexible public multi-purpose room for conferences, weddings, performances etc.
Residential unit overlooking the harbor
Commercial tenant space
Accommodating these uses requires a complete rehabilitation and the scope of work includes structural remediation to wood framing, new elevator, two (2) new egress stairs, roof repair, all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, masonry repointing, restoration of windows and doors, interior finishes etc to create fully functioning continuing contemporary use.
This is an excellent and transferable demonstration of how Maine’s multitude of 19th century buildings can be rehabilitated to meet 21st century expectations for function, reduced energy consumption and user comfort.