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The Historic Howard Building's Revival Continues

As the once known as Howard Block building nears its adaptive reuse completion into its new life as high end residences and retail, the signage as it appeared in the early 1900’s is photographed by Berkshire Eagle staff as we work to bring it back to life.    http://photos.berkshireeagle.com/2014/04/18/photos-of-the-howard-building-sign-restoration/#1

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For detailed information on the exciting redevelopment of this historic downtown Pittsfield building, including our upcoming Open House, visit Allegrone Real Estate here: http://www.allegronere.com/properties/25-the_howard_retail_residential

Read More Date: Apr 23, 2014 Posted in: Press Work in progress Local News Tags: the howard building

Treasured Memories Revealed: The Howard Building, Then and Now

Howard

As she walked into the old, but new again building on First Street between Fenn and Federal, Holly Stover-Howard had much to say about what she remembered about the old Howard building and marveled at the new and restored one. She told the stories of her childhood – running down the hallways and up the old staircases, counting inventory of nails and screws from the first floor to the third, she brought us back to another time and place.

The Howard: Back to the Original Plans

The Howard

Photo: Emily and Allen Phoenix of Chicago Albumen Works

Constructed in 1916 in the Classical Revival Style, which was typical for the era, The Howard Building was originally constructed to house a hardware and agricultural implement business which catered to the surrounding farms and the great estates of the rural Berkshires. The Howard, a popular Pittsfield staple, sold tools, dairy & poultry supplies as well as other important farming implements. But it was best known as a seed company, annually producing a seed catalogue, which it published through 1960 issuing 10,000 copies that year alone. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2010, The Howard Building was purchased by Allegrone Construction as a Historic Redevelopment project. It is fast becoming one of the most exciting and transformative real estate projects in Downtown Pittsfield. So, you can imagine our delight when Holly Stover the granddaughter of Frank Howard, contacted us with the original plans. 

Two New Buildings Change the Look of Downtown Pittsfield

The Onota and The Howard

A $12 million redevelopment of the Howard Block and the Onota Building, (both prominent fixtures of downtown Pittsfield), will increase the supply of downtown market-rate rental apartments by about 39 new units over the next two years. Street-level commercial space will also be available.

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