Preservation of the past will lay the foundation for a successful future

Preserving and protecting historic architectural buildings of the past has never been more important than the present. This type of restoration construction work not only prevents the demolition of landmarks but moves us further in the direction of sustainability and revitalization. It also keeps the history of such iconic landmarks alive, allowing future generations to learn.

Coignet Building Before

CM&B has had the opportunity to work on two different types of historic restoration projects to date. In 2013 our team restored the exterior of the Coignet Building  for Whole Foods Market. The property abutted the new Whole Foods Market in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn that CM&B was building. In 2018 we restored the interior and exterior of what was once the International Harvester Farm Equipment building in Boston for Boston Volvo Cars’ new showroom and offices. Each project brought its challenges, but as you will see from the before and after images preserving these buildings was extremely rewarding not only for our team but for the community.

Coignet Landmark Building – Scope of work
Brooklyn, NY
  • Exterior renovations to an existing 2.5-story historic Landmark building originally constructed in 1872 to restore its original Italianate details including cornices, quoining, window surrounds, ionic porticos, and staircases
  • Scope of work included selective demolition and repairs/replacement of the cast stone, stucco, brick, concrete foundation, stairs, doors, curbs and fence
  • The building is the earliest known construction of its kind in New York City, thus making it difficult to match the visual and mechanical properties of early cast stone
  • The project posed significant challenges due to its close proximity to Whole Foods Market
  • Required working with the New York City Landmark Preservation Committee to meet their restoration standards

Coignet Building After - PHOTO By Scott Heins Gothamist
Interesting Coignet Building Update:
Building is currently on the market for $6.5M and still needs the interior restored CLICK HERE to see interior photos and learn more about the Coignet Building.
Village Volvo – Scope of work
Boston, MA
  • This 1924 building was the original home of International Harvester Farm Equipment
  • Complete demolition of the ground level connector building between 61 N Beacon Street and 65 N Beacon Street
  • Renovation of all 5 floors, including hazardous materials abatement of all floors and roof
  • Amenities include a basement level drive-in service center, two-story showroom, lounge area, cafe and offices
  • Top two levels are ready for future tenant space
  • New utility services brought in from the street, new site drainage systems and retaining wall as well as a new freight and passenger elevators
  • Removal of old passenger elevator exterior hoist way
  • Project received the 2020 Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts and the 2019 Preservation Achievement Award from Boston Preservation Alliance 
Before Exterior - Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-85840
Exterior - After
Interior - Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-84232
Interior After
Interesting Update: 

Project received the 2019 Preservation Achievement Award from Boston Preservation Alliance

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