WPA Building Restoration
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) building was constructed in the late
1930s as an adjunct to the tennis courts in North Scituate. In the past, the
building served as a meeting place for the PTA and woodworking classes, and as a
home to the Scituate Arts Association and many other organizations.
Unfortunately, the structure has been vacant for more than 25 years and is in
A structural engineer inspected the property and, despite its state of
disrepair, deemed that the building is structurally sound. Architectural
plans for the restoration were developed prior to restoration starting. Total
project costs are estimated at $210,000. The Massachusetts Historical Commission has confirmed that the WPA building is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic and has
committed $5,000 in funding for the application for listing of the building on the National Register of Historic Places. Once restored, it is
anticipated that the building will be self-supporting.
This project clearly meets all the criteria of the Community Preservation Act. In summary, it represents an excellent example of reuse rather than
razing an historic and significant community building.
Currently, with the reopening of the Greenbush Line, an opportunity exists to create a community/visitors’ center which could serve as a place for
residents and visitors to learn more about our Town. Scituate Visitors Center, Inc, a non-profit organization has been granted a nine-year lease for
the rehabilitation of the building and the operation of a visitors’ center. The organization plans on providing information on businesses, historical
sites, recreational opportunities, dining, shopping, and local craftsmen as well as about organizations and community events.
The organization has also committed to make the building available for use by Town agencies, organizations and
groups for their meetings, activities and other purposes/functions, increasing the public benefit of this proposed expenditure of CPA funds.
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