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East Boston High School/Joseph H. Barnes School

The school auditorium is now a community room.

Boston, Massachusetts

Some of the students from East Boston High School might now live here. The school was built in 1901, renamed the Joseph H. Barnes School in 1926, and operated until the 1980s. With help from a Historic Preservation Tax Credit, it was converted into affordable housing for seniors. A $16 million renovation project made the century-old Renaissance Revival style building look brand new. The project converted classrooms and offices into apartments, turned the auditorium into a public community room, and changed the gymnasium into an adult day care center. The renovation also included exterior masonry cleaning and repair, added an accessible entrance and elevators, replaced deteriorated windows, retained marble wainscot and original flooring, and retained corridor plans on all three floors.

Photo: The school auditorium is now a community room.
– NPS file