The Brooks House
Stevens & Associates provided architectural design, civil and structural engineering, and landscape architecture to the owners of the historic Brooks House, which burned in a five alarm fire in 2011. Their development expertise assisted the Owners in creating sources and uses budgets, as well as marketing material for potential tenants. The building officially opened to the public in October 2014 and was 85% occupied.
Originally built in 1871, the Brooks House features retail and restaurant spaces, offices, Vermont community colleges, and market-rate and high-end rental apartments in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. The building’s design is in accordance with historic preservation standards, which played a significant role in much of the detailing and project execution. The design brings back much of the historic grandeur of the building, with a two-story atrium on the ground level, a grand stair, fully restored exterior millwork and copper trim, and many brand new storefronts designed to match the existing. High-end finishes throughout, combined with energy saving details and systems, provide this community with a benchmark building that can once again reign as the icon of downtown Brattleboro.