Ware Senior Center
Ware, Massachusetts





The clapboard and shingle Queen Anne style building  that houses the Ware Senior Center was built in 1897 as a Methodist Church. Although the majority of the building remains intact, including the exceptional stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings, portions were becoming quite deteriorated, most notably the decorative exterior shingles and roof.


Thomas Mayo Associates was commissioned by the Town of Ware to prepare an existing conditions survey  and to prepare a written report outlining work required to stabilize the building, correct deterioration and to bring the building up to code standards. Since there was a limited budget to work with, TMA was asked to provide an order of priority for the work required and offer suggestions of other possible modifications that could help the building better operate as a Senior Center.


Upon completion of the report TMA was retained to  prepare construction documents and provide bidding and construction phase services to implement the suggested improvements under the Town of Ware  Community Development Block Grant Program. The completion of the project, which included the complete restoration of the building's exterior, provides a much  improved meeting and recreational facility for the  senior residents of Ware, as well as greatly enhances the surrounding neighborhood.



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