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Conway House Given Historic Award


Conway House, Smith’s residence for Ada Comstock Scholars located at 21 Prospect Street, received a 2007 Historic Preservation Award from the Northampton Historical Commission in late May.

The award is given annually to local buildings and properties in recognition of respectful restoration, renovation or new construction, and honors exemplary civic contributions to historic preservation awareness.

“The commission appreciates the sensitivity of the design and the exemplary manner in which the new building blends with its neighborhood setting,” says an award citation addressed to President Carol T. Christ and Smith College trustees.

The award was presented to Smith administrators on May 22 during a ceremony at the Florence Civic Association. May is National Preservation Month.

Conway House is a 10-unit residence featuring two-bedroom apartments and a central gathering place overlooking a playground. The apartments were designed by Thomas Douglas Architects, Inc., with input from Ada Comstock Scholars, and built by Marois Construction Co., Inc.

The building was named after former Smith College President Jill Ker Conway, who initiated the Ada Comstock Scholars Program for nontraditional-aged students. Conway joined President Carol T. Christ in dedicating Conway House on October 19, 2006. Ada Comstock Scholars and their children moved into the building last August.


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