Worthington Place Apartments

Worthington Place Apartments

Worthington Place was an existing historic manufacturing complex in Cambridge’s Kendall Square area that was renovated and converted into 186 market rate rental units. Cambridge’s largest adaptive reuse of an historic building for residential use, the project consisted of five separate structures with over 300,000 square feet of existing building.

The renovation was designed to take advantage of much of the industrial character of the building. A four-story atrium was restored to bring natural light into the main entrance lobby. An existing shed building in the center of the complex was stripped to its steel frame to create a landscaped courtyard.

The existing buildings obtained historic certification and the project retained the industrial and mill building character of the complex. The units were designed primarily as two bedrooms with bathrooms separated by a kitchen and living area to facilitate rental in a market catering to students and the academic community. The building was commended by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its level of historic preservation, which went beyond typical expectations, and for its impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

Read more about the project, or as it is now known, the Lofts at Kendall Square Apartments.


  • 1999 Design & Planning Merit Award
    19th Annual Builders' Choice (Builder Magazine)
  • 1999 Preservation Award
    Cambridge Historical Commission
  • 1999 Preservation Award
    Massachusetts Historical Commission
Large TerracesFitness Facilities
Landscaped CourtyardDramatic Structural Features
4-Story Central AtriumDramatic Lofts
Historic RenovationSpacious Plans
photos byDuplex UnitsLarge Kitchens