Building Technology Showcase - Media & Building History

Conserving Energy, Preserving History

The building at the heart of the Building Technology Showcase is a six-story, three-bay loft brick structure with classical revival-style detailing. Originally constructed in 1913 for the wholesale leather merchant W. Herbert Abbott, it was one of many historic buildings designed and built by the Boston Wharf Company, a key real estate developer in Massachusetts during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The majority of the structure has been left almost unchanged since its construction 100 years ago. In planning the renovations, CSE worked closely with the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission and National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Planning Program, developing a retrofit plan that could deliver energy savings and still respect the building’s historic character.

Fort Point: Window to the Past, Gate to the Future

The Evolution of a Sustainable Building

The Evolution of a Sustainable Building

Over the course of the Showcase's 14-month renovation and fit-out, Fraunhofer CSE and its partners took over 1200 images of the project. Though only a portion of the overall whole, these pictures chronicle the significant - and often dramatic - changes the building underwent in its transformation from derelict to research center. 

Exterior | Ground Floor | Second Floor | Third Floor | Sixth Floor | Roof | Basement



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