MSCBA Fay Club Study for Fitchburg State // Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the Fay Club is a prominent piece of Fitchburg’s architectural landscape. Built in 1884, it closed in 2014 after years as a private social club and dining facility.

Fitchburg State University was interested in the facility and how it might be repurposed. To understand the nature and magnitude of needed repairs and upgrades, the University retained D+W under a House Doctor contract to provide an overall assessment giving particular consideration to its utilization for their culinary arts/event planning program.

Well maintained, the building nonetheless was found to be in need of repair, restoration and upgrades. Despite functional improvements made in the 1980s (kitchen, HVAC and electrical upgrades), original elements of construction – brick and stone, doors and windows, mahogany paneling, wood coffered ceilings and sculptural wood features – stand as installed, beautifully articulated architecture. The building envelope is in significant disrepair. Masonry needs re-pointing, repair, replacement; single pane wood windows are in various stages of deterioration. Flashing at the roof level has failed. In our final analysis, significant capital is required to complete the restorative work identified and continued maintenance monies must be appropriated.

Project Details

Owner Massachusetts State College Building Authority
Completed 2016
Cost $1.4 to $5.6 est
SQ. FT. 13,313