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Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship

Keene, NH

History
Created to foster the success of entrepreneurs in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship promotes, through education, mentorship, and financial assistance; the key elements of establishing a thriving, sustainable local economy.

Assumption
The Hannah Grimes Center will continue to provide a much-needed space for entrepreneurship training in the Monadnock Region. Revenue is derived from workshops, incubator office space, and meeting room rentals. As a model of leadership and innovation, the interior space needed to reflect and encourage this mindset.

Approach
MPA designed an urban entrance to this brick industrial facade, providing ADA accessibility as well as street chic. Space planning for the upper floor involved a complete interior renovation which now allows for additional incubator offices and meeting space.

Alchemy
The Center has been transformed into a bright, inspiring space that sparks creativity and possibility. A welcoming entrance and modern palette add vibrancy and energy.

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Brick House Roastery

Keene, NH

History
Built in the 1840s to house a mill manager and his family, this brick cape had become a vacant reminder of the city’s industrial past. Located on a main route into the city of Keene, its visibility lent itself to a curious transformation.

Assumption
Coffee roasting involves large machinery and dedicated space. Storage is an ongoing problem for urban roasters.

Approach
To historically repurpose this building, MPA saved the 1840’s architectural elements and added industrial touches within an energy-efficient framework. The basement and crumbling first floor joists were removed and replaced with a concrete slab with radiant heat. A damaged front façade was replaced with glass panels that operate as wide, ambient-light doorways and offer an ideal way to display the high-tech roasting process linking the building to its industrial past.

Alchemy
A decrepit building that caught the eye of dreamers and historians alike was masterfully recreated as a stunning visual invitation to the possibilities of urban renovation. The Brick House Roastery is a testament to the power of reuse, curb appeal, and utility.