Middlesex Community College

Federal Building in Lowell to receive Paul E. Tsongas Preservation Award.

Lowell – Middlesex Community College’s historic Federal Building has been recognized by Preservation Massachusetts as an exemplary project that demonstrates the “versatility, viability and importance of preservation at the state’s higher educational institutions.”

MCC’s Federal Building will receive the Paul E. Tsongas Award at Preservation Massachusetts’ annual awards dinner Wednesday, May 4, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

With its impressive, three-story granite exterior, Doric facade, and tall arched windows, the Federal Building is the jewel of MCC’s Lowell campus. Located at 50 Kearney Square, the structure was built in 1930 and housed a variety of federal agencies over the years, including the IRS, a Veteran’s Administration clinic and the FBI. Long empty, the 40,000-square-foot facility was sold to Middlesex for $1 by the U.S. government in 1996.

Beautifully renovated over a period of almost two years at a cost of $11 million, the Federal Building opened in January 2004. It is now home to the Lowell Campus Library, classrooms, community meeting rooms and faculty office space. The lobby has been restored to its original elegance — with mosaicked marble floors and marble-lined walls – while the rest of the facility has been modernized to adapt to 21st-century college requirements. The entire building is equipped with wired and wireless technology.

According to Preservations Massachusetts, Middlesex is being recognized as one of a handful of colleges “that utilize their historic resources for the benefit of future generations of students” and for “preserving the historic fabric of our Commonwealth.”

For more information about MCC’s Federal Building, contact Patrick Cook at 978-656-3134 or cookp@middlesex.mass.edu or visit: www.middlesex.mass.edu/Historic/federal/federal.html

For more information about Preservation Massachusetts, call 617-723-3383 or visit: www.preservationmass.org