Rolfe House has exterior restored, historic photos inside

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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.

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View from the inside


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.



Rolfe House 1891 building - looking down Willow -2-httpwwwnoblenetorgimageslynnmrls_imageslyn_m0575_818fb8aa1b


Rolfe House 1980 renovations in 2012 - corner of Willow & Blake

2012, before the new windows

Rolfe House completed in October 2014 - corner of Willow & Blake

2014 – the project is complete – if only something could be done about the window treatments!


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.

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  2 comments for “Rolfe House has exterior restored, historic photos inside

  1. March 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Glori, thanks for asking! A paper copy does not exist. LynnHappens is online only, so you’re looking at the only “copy.” Do you need help with printing it? You can try a screen shot and printing it from a graphics program or a copy/paste. I only ask that you credit and thank you!

  2. Glori
    March 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Hello, where or how can I get a copy of this article? thank you!

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