In December 2004, fire tore through the Wilder Building, requiring over 150 firefighters from 3 states to control the blaze. Stevens & Associates was called in to assess whether it was safe for firefighters to enter the building and, later, to determine if the building could be saved.

Restoring the building was no easy matter: the fire had done extensive damage to both finishes and structural members, and the scope of the project was very large in comparison to available funding.

Given a tight budget and short timeline, Stevens & Associates spearheaded the effort to restore the building and bring it up to code, allowing the Windham Windsor Housing Trust to provide affordable housing, art space, and retail space in the downtown corridor.

The project team was able to save many historic elements of the building, including wood framing, iron keys from the original post and beam construction, and pressed tin ceilings. A concrete bond beam was installed around the upper perimeter of the building for stability, and laminated veneer lumber beams were used to match the historic framing patterns and make use of the existing beam pockets.