The building was constructed in 1891-1892 on the corner of Willow and Blake Streets following the Great Lynn Fire of 1899. The architect, Edwin Earp, had his office nearby at 333 Union Street (at least 1906-1919 according to records.)
The Rolfe House is also on the National Registry of Historic Buildings, which provides it with further protection than a building that just happens to be in a historic district. The exterior can not be altered.
Last Thursday, residents, a representative from the Mayor’s office as well as Calvin Anderson of the Lynn Historical Commission celebrated the project’s completion with a meal and a tour of a few units.
This information and the following photos are provided by James Blauch, a project manager for Garofalo Design Associates. He used the few historic photos available to match the new windows to the original.
Blauch also sent this brief timeline:
1. In December 1979, a building permit was issued by the City of Lynn for a change-of-use to residential (from factory & storage) and window replacement. This work occurred in 1980 and was probably completed in late 1980 or early 1981.
2. On February 25, 1982, the building was accepted to the National Registry of Historic Places.
3. In 2010, I started working on this project for SHP Management Corporation (offices located near Portland, ME). They are the current management company for the building.
4. Phase One of the masonry work was completed in November 2010 for the Almont Street Elevation (north elevation of the building). Contractor was Frank DiCenso, owner of Ace Restoration Co. of Medford, MA.
5. Phase Two of the masonry work was started in the fall of 2012 and was completed in the spring of 2013 (after a winter shutdown) for the balance of the exterior building walls, including Alley and Courtyard walls. Contractor was Frank DiCenso, owner of Ace Restoration Co. of Medford, MA.
6. Window replacement work was started and completed in 2014 for the entire building, floors 2 through 6. Contractor was Derek Coulter, owner of Coulter Construction of Billerica, MA. The aluminum window manufacturer was Universal Window & Door of Marlborough, MA. The window replacement work was completed on October 27, 2014.
7. The construction contract amount between SHP Management Corp and Ace Restoration for both phases of the masonry work totaled about $560,000.
8. The construction contract amount between SHP Management and Coulter Construction for the window replacement (including interior renovations at the windows) was about $1,000,000.