Progress on Thayer Homestead

July 20, 2012 - At the end of May 2012, LLB Architects was shortlisted to interview for the development of Thayer Homestead, an adaptive reuse project to convert an abandoned town-owned property in Medway into a vibrant community center and event venue. After much deliberation, the Thayer Property Development Committee selected LLB to lead the design phase of the project. If approved at a special town meeting, the project will continue through construction this fall.

Read more about the project's progress from Jessica Trufant of the Milford Daily News.

A homestead with a view.

MEDWAY - Improved plans for addition to the Thayer Homestead call for taking advantage of the view of Choate Pond. The Thayer Property Development Committee last night got a look at the plan in a presentation by architect Drayton Fair, of LLB Architects of Pawtucket, R.I. The plan calls for turning the historic property at 2B Oak St. into a town-owned events facility. The major change from previous concepts is the orientation of the property to the pond.

The project would add a timber frame banquet hall that would seat about 95 people, a kitchen, caretaker’s apartment, outdoor fireplace and patio and other touches. Architect Christian Ladds said under the plan, glass in the banquet would enable people inside to view the historic homestead. “When you look through the glass, you’ll understand the original concept of the home,” Ladds said. “We want to make sure the addition is subservient to the original house,” Fair added. “You can still read the original form.”

The town seized the historic home, barn and field in 2004 through eminent domain, using $1 million in Community Preservation Act funds. The farmer’s house was built in the 1830s, and it was named after owners Addison and Lydia Thayer. “I like how you left the historical aspect alone, and the new aspects aren’t trying to replicate anything,” said Michael Josefek, the owner’s project manager.

Funding for the project — projected at $2.3 million — has not yet been approved, though residents at November’s special Town Meeting voted unanimously to spend $150,000 to hire a design firm. Fair said they should receive final bids by Nov. 8 in preparation for special Town Meeting on Nov. 15, where the committee will seek the funding. The committee hopes to have the project complete by the town’s tercentennial celebration in 2013. The committee will meet again in mid-August. Jessica Trufant can be reached at jtrufant@wickedlocal.com or 508-634-7556.