35 Webster Street, West Newton, MA 02465
Rehabilitate the pre-Civil War home of renowned educator Nathaniel Topliff Allen, later used as a school run by his daughters, for use as a cultural center, with teaching, rehearsal, performance and office spaces for arts organizations; public indoor and outdoor spaces; and a rotating exhibit on the history of this Newton Historic Landmark.
updated to reflect 2018 supplemental proposal & funding recommendation below
|$300,000||phase 1, CPA funds appropriated & spent (historic resources)|
phase 2, CPA funds appropriated & partially spent (historic resources)
The phased release of these CPA funds required reaching specified targets for commitment of non-CPA funds at each phase. All targets had been reached as of April 2018.
|$600,000||phase 3, supplemental CPA funding appropriated|
|$1,380,000||capital campaign (partly raised)|
|$1,050,000||bank line of credit|
|$570,000||Massachusetts Cultural Council grants|
|$1,100,000||Massachusetts historic tax credits (basis)|
|$500,000||federal historic tax credits (basis)|
|$7,500,000||TOTAL PROJECT COST|
project plans: Very large files; may be faster to download for reading offline. Many of these plans are sized for 24x36 inch paper. For onscreen reading, set display to 100% or larger. See also plan updates submitted & approved by Newton Historical Commission in March 2019.
9 January 2014 - public presentation, including (photos, selected plans from those above, budget overview)
18 February 2014 - updated project budgets
19 June 2014 - revised project plan & updated project budgets
29 July 2014 - partial occupancy proposal (phase 1 of the full project), including: scope of work, development budget, non-CPA funding to date, one-year operating budget, anticipated funding sources, uses & phasing for full project
2 September 2014 - update on NCA acquisition of abutting property at 406 Cherry Street, West Newton
2 September 2014 - CPC funding recommendation, including: summary of sources & uses for all non-CPA funding to date; anticipated funding sources; uses & phasing for full project
summaries in support of funding recommendation:
6 October 2014 - Board of Aldermen appropriation order ($300,000)
11 June 2015 - update on NCA plans for next phase of CPA funding
11 February 2016 - for additional rehabilitation (phase 2):
4 April 2016 - CPC funding recommendation
19 April 2016 - City Council appropriation order ($2,000,000)
30 October 2018 - pre-proposal (phase 3) requesting consideration of a supplemental request for $600,000
20 November-11 December 2018 - supplemental full proposal (phase 3)
11 December 2018 - League of Women Voters comments (on phase 3 proposal)
22 December 2018 - CPC funding recommendation (phase 3)
22 January 2019 - City Council appropriation order (phase 3) ($600,000)
July 1977 - successful nomination of this property to the National Register of Historic Places
January 1978 - Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Property Survey of this property
1980s - photos & documents from community and City efforts to preserve this property, online from the Newton Free Library, http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/digitalnewton.
1997-98 - This property was declared a City of Newton Landmark on 5 March 1998.
26 January 2015 - Allen House partial occupancy (phase 1) grant agreement
9-11 June 2015 - final phase 1 report to the CPC
5 August 2016, amended 13 December 2016 and 20 March 2018 - Allen House additional rehabilitation (phase 2) grant agreement; see third amendment treated as phase 3, below
29 July 2019 - Allen House additional rehabilitation (phase 3) grant agreement; executed as a third amendment to phase 2 grant agreement above
10 September 2019 - interim progress report to CPC