project star
2003
award winner
Walter Baker Lofts
Dorchester
Revival Styles
National Register Historic District
Completed

42.2718067, -71.0684611

The Walter Baker Chocolate Factory Administration Building in Dorchester's Lower Mills was built in 1919 and designed by George F. Shepard. The company relocated in 1965, leaving the building empty except for its brief use as a social services office in the 1980s. The Georgian Revival-style building was converted into loft apartments, community and gallery spaces. Residential units incorporate existing corridors and walls; three-story central atrium became as gallery space, where the building's original marble staircase and skylight have been maintained; replica mahogany windows have been installed; and plaster moldings have been restored or recreated.

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