When it comes to winning awards, the Powerhouse is all fired up. Since 2014, when this defunct steam-power plant was reimagined, reworked and reopened as a student event and arts space, it’s been admired for its dynamic, post-industrial look.
Now admiration has turned to official recognition. Three times over.
The latest honor is a 2017 Paul and Niki Tsongas Award, given by Preservation Massachusetts. “Of all the projects that have been nominated in my 16 years here, the Powerhouse was one of the most innovative ever,” said James W. Igoe, the president of Preservation Massachusetts. “The building is very cool. It just looks like a happy place.”