The Foundry

Cambridge, MA

Renovation meets innovation as this community hub for creativity and collaboration transforms a former industrial space.


The Project

From iron foundry for the Blake and Knowles Steam Pump Company to mid-century taxi barn to 1980s office space, this 110-year-old building has served many uses. After the City of Cambridge acquired this historic structure, it turned to CambridgeSeven to envision a bold transformation of the brick and timber-frame industrial building. Located at the intersection of the Kendall Square Innovation District and the East Cambridge neighborhood, the reimagined Foundry Building is a nexus for visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education.

Onsite Renewable Energy


LEED Certification


Existing Structure Reused


2023 Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award

Preservation Massachusetts Awards

2023 Built Design Excellence

Boston Society for Architecture

2023 Preservation Award

Cambridge Historical Commission

2023 Honorable Mention - Adaptive Reuse; Low Rise

retrofit's Metamorphosis Awards

2023 American Architecture Award

Chicago Athenaeum

2023 Best in Class - Historic Renovation

Brick in Architecture Awards

This project demonstrates a sensitive understanding of the existing building...The team was able to work with city leaders and respond to community concerns directly, which strengthened the users' connection to the project.

BSA Built Design Excellence Awards Jury, 2023

Team Leaders

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In The News

Restoration of Cambridge's Foundry Building

Banker & Tradesman - February 10, 2020

Restoration of Cambridge’s Foundry Preserves Important Stories, Unlocks New Futures

Justin Crane, AIA, Associate Principal, was invited to write to about how the transformation of this extraordinary building is a model for reuse and civic engagement.

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Metropolis - July/August 2023

Two Massachusetts Communities gain a Center at an Upcycled Landmark

James McCown of Metropolis magazine discusses the new creative, multi-purpose arts hub "The Foundry" with CambridgeSeven architects Justin Crane, FAIA, and Stefanie Greenfield, AIA.

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retrofit - September/October 2023

An 1890 Steam-pump Manufactory Now Is a Vibrant Hub for the Cambridge, Mass., Community

From Steam to STEAM: The Foundry embraces its history within the new creative community hub

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