Historic New England Center for Preservation and Collections to form centerpiece of cultural district

Jun 29, 2023

Dear Historic New England Community and Friends,

Today Historic New England announced the launch of a transformational redevelopment initiative in Haverhill, Massachusetts. As part of this initiative, Historic New England recently acquired the Burgess Building and two associated lots in downtown Haverhill adjoining our Lang Building and its associated lot, which we have owned since 2006. The combined 3.2 acres of prime real estate is conveniently located adjacent to the Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail station, and thirty-five miles north of Boston.

We have exciting plans underway to create a cultural destination and vibrant mixed-use district anchored by the new Historic New England Center for Preservation and Collections. The Haverhill Center will expand and innovatively reimagine how people experience history through Historic New England’s unmatched collections and archives. With creative, multi-dimensional storytelling and state-of-the-art technology, we’ll engage visitors through exhibitions, programs, performances, and experiences. Early design concepts also envision retail, housing, and other uses that will support social cohesion and resiliency in Haverhill.

I invite you to read more about the Haverhill Center and this exceptional opportunity to creatively adapt two historic factory buildings, partner with other public and private organizations, and help fuel revitalization in Haverhill.

Our commitment to preservation, inclusion, livability, and innovation is unwavering. In the coming months, we look forward to sharing more news on the Haverhill Center initiative with you. We are ever grateful for your enduring support and trust.

With appreciation,

Vin Cipolla
President and CEO