Cambridge Farmers' Market Revitalization
A Market that Brings History for All
The building that integrates three historic areas of Cambridge
John MacDonald Architect was commissioned by the City of Cambridge to develop a comprehensive business plan for the upper level of the historic Cambridge Farmers’ Market, focusing on increasing operational revenue, and supporting community connection, activity and exchange.
Accessibility enhancements and modernization of vendor space support new trends, consumer demand, and creative possibilities. The heritage value of the market has been sensitively preserved, while improvements were implemented to meet current structural requirements.
Business Plan: Community consultations, review of existing conditions, code review, strategy plan with recommendations for governance, operations, programming and capital work. JMA provided full architectural services for the renovation, which tendered to within budget.
JMA worked with market staff, vendors and the general public, shaping a vision for the market as a “Community Food Hub” that can support present and future needs, by prioritizing grass roots and artisanal initiatives, and allowing for the flexibility that such enterprises require.
“John, you are one of the few, if not the only, principal architects that actually does provide what we ask for: continuous care and service from the senior and experienced project manager throughout all phases of our project, no matter the size. We very much appreciate this, and your dedication to our projects.”
— Slobodanka Lekic
Manager of Building Design & Construction, City of Cambridge
600 m² (6,450 sq. ft.)
Architectural Bidding & Negotiation: complete - on budget