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Berkshire Athenaeum - Stone Number 1,516

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Allegrone Masonry raises and lays the 1,516th and final stone into place at the historic Berkshire Athenaeum building in Pittsfield's Park Squre. 

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Scaffolding has concealed the exterior of the Berkshire Athenaeum building for several months as Allegrone Masonry has worked carefully and diligently to repair the deteriorated stone facade.  The existing stone wall was labelled, inventoried, disassembled, and reinstalled from July 15, 2014 through October 25, 2014.  In this time, Allegrone Masonry laid 1,516 stones and placed by hand 123 yards of vertical, one sided, structurally reinforced concrete. 

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Scaffolding will be removed this week, returning the historic building as a focal point of Park Square!  Work will continue elsewhere within the building through Spring 2015.

Read More Date: Oct 29, 2014 Posted in: Blog Work in progress Local News Tags: old berkshire athenaeum

Berkshire Place - Eyes Towards Completion

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The new 43,000 sf, 54 bed home for the established long term nursing care facility nears its highly anticipated completion within two weeks!

Read More Date: Oct 27, 2014 Posted in: Work in progress Tags: berkshire place

Destination Jewelry - craftsmanship, design, and history collide to birth the new home of McTeigue & McClelland Jewelers in Great Barrington

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The former Christian Science church, dating back to 1850, provides 7,500 sf for the new retail showroom and workshop of MCII.

The stunningly gorgeous and meticulously handcrafted jewelry of McTeigue and McClelland has left its iconic yellow cottage on Main Street in Great Barrington and relocated to a new icon just up the road.

“It all fell into place incredibly well,” says McTeigue. "It was a collaborative effort between our architect, Clark and Green, and contractor Allegrone. They brought the best of what they do.”

Read full story by Rural Intelligence here:

http://www.ruralintelligence.com/index.php/style_section/style_articles_shopping

Allegrone In the News: Restoration of Original Berkshire County Courthouse

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LENOX -- From the outside, the rather nondescript commercial building at 27 Housatonic St. looks like it has seen better days.

It's one of the town's historically significant sites, built in 1791 on Main Street to house the Berkshire County Courthouse after Lenox became a shire town and the new county seat, formerly in Sheffield and Great Barrington.

In 1815, as the much larger Greek Revival courthouse was completed (home to the Lenox Library starting in 1876), the old site became the Town House, used as the post office and for local government.

In 1903, the building was removed from its foundation and moved by horse and wagon to its present location following the opening of the new Town Hall next door.

Now among the three oldest buildings still standing in the historic downtown village, it is owned by real estate entrepreneur Steve Oakes, who's embarking on a major rehabilitation project this fall to shore it up, saving it from further sagging of the facade, while giving it a look more in keeping with its deep roots in the town's early history.

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Check out the full article by the Berkshire Eagle here: http://www.berkshireeagle.com

Open a PDF of the article here: 27 Housatonic Article

Allegrone In the News: Carriage House at Waltham's Gore Place Gets New Home

Gore Place Move

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Christopher and Rebecca Gore married in 1785. An up-and-coming Boston couple, they bought their first piece of land in Waltham and in 1793 built a wooden mansion along with a large carriage house. Six years later, the mansion burned to the ground. Nearly 220 years later, the Carriage House still stands, but is on the move.

The 40-by-70-foot, two-story Carriage House sat in the northwest corner of the 45-acre parcel of land at 52 Gore St., known as Gore Place. But this week, construction crews were picking it up and moving it about 350 feet south.

"We wanted to move it to a more historically accurate location," said director of public programs Thom Roach, adding that there is currently an issue of spring drainage in the basement, which is something "people in New England will understand."

Until the late 1960s, the House stood in the southwest section of the grounds, but the city moved it so Gore Street could be widened to accommodate the high volume of cars coming from and going to Raytheon.

The House, because of the street, cannot be returned to its previous location, but Roach said they’ve shot to get it as close as possible and already laid the new foundation.

Starting Monday, construction crews were working to lift the building up onto long steel beams using large hydraulic jacks. Nate Newton, assistant project manager with Pittsfield-based Allegrone Construction, said Tuesday that extensive planning went into the move.

After the steel beams are placed beneath the building and its weight is equally distributed across the support, Newton says the jacks slowly lift the building up, which is then supported by "shoring towers."

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Click here to open a PDF of the article: Gore Place Article PDF

Check out the full article by Waltham's Wicket Local here: http://waltham.wickedlocal.com/

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