Sweitzer Construction Project for Baystate Dental Up for Award
SPRINGFIELD — The Baystate Dental project built by Sweitzer Construction at 29 Broad St. in Westfield, known locally as the Morgan-Way House, has been nominated for a state historic-preservation award.
Westfield on Weekends Inc. submitted the nomination to the Mass. Historical Commission under the adaptive-reuse category. Permits were in place to demolish the house and build a three-story commercial building when Baystate Dental purchased the property, located on a prominent corner of the city’s revitalized green, in 2012. The Federal-style house was built in 1820 by a Pittsfield merchant who also built the Morgan Block in what is now the Westfield Historic District.
After taking ownership, Dr. Kevin Coughlin and his team at Baystate Dental restarted the design and permitting process in order to save the Morgan-Way House and convert it into a dental-care facility.
“The preservation and renovation of the Morgan-Way House by Baystate Dental and Sweitzer Construction is a perfect example of how the business community can contribute to the life of a city,” said Bob Plasse, president of Westfield on Weekends. “We applaud their contributions. The Morgan-Way House provides a much-needed focal point on the Westfield green.”
Baystate Dental was awarded the Westfield Historical Commission’s annual award in 2014. The Mass. Historic Commission will announce awards later this month.