Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc.
Since 1976, Abby’s House has provided shelter, affordable housing, advocacy, and support services to women and children who are low-income, survivors of domestic violence, or otherwise vulnerable to homelessness. The primary location on High Street in Worcester houses all of the organization’s office and support spaces, as well as 56 single-room occupancy (SRO) permanent supportive housing units.
The Narrow Gate worked with Abby’s House and the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (WIHED) to bring substantial renovations to the 1924 masonry building. The scope of this work was broad, including façade repairs, site redesign, interior redesign, elevator installation, building systems improvements (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection), new windows, and numerous accessibility improvements. The new design incorporates a new courtyard, entry vestibule, and reception area; improvements to the Women’s Center; and new shared kitchens for resident use on each level.