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Neighborhood Restoration Project: 149 Allen St.

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149 Allen Street on WPRI News
Through our Neighborhood Restoration Program, WHALE acquires and restores historic house foreclosures to redevelop them as affordable housing. The latest project, 149 Allen St., will be renovated and sold to a first-time homebuyer through lottery.
149 Allen St: Historic Home with Apartment
In 1845, Charles V. Card completed the construction of his home, first known as 49 Allen St. Card was a block and pumpmaker, an important profession in the seafaring community. He had a shop on the waterfront and made two machines that ships needed to sail: the block-and-tackles that could lift heavy cargo or raise sails and the pumps that kept water from building up below decks. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.Architecturally, this building is a unique style, even for its time. It is primarily a Greek Revival, however it was constructed in 1845 when the Gothic Revival style was becoming popular in New Bedford, and so it utilizes a deep cornice and verge board. The baluster and swags may have been a later addition.

The house will have a 4-bedroom homeowner unit with a one-bedroom as a separate rental unit. After its full restoration, the house will be sold through a lottery process to an income qualified family. This process is in partnership with the City of New Bedford.

Other historic buildings currently under WHALE’s Revolving Loan Fund include:

  • Howland House
  • Co-Creative Center
  • 318 Pleasant Street

This house is generously supported by

1772 Foundation


City Of New Bedford, HOME Fund

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Santander Bank