Freedom House

Dorchester Community Center


8,400 square foot


Dorchester, MA

Project type

Institutional / Public


Freedom House


$2.8 million

Completion Date


Project Overview

DREAM Collaborative transformed and modernized the century old vacant Grove Hall Library building at 5 Crawford Street into the new Freedom House community center headquarters. The mission of the non-profit Freedom House is to transform the economic and cultural fabric of high-need communities through education and leadership development.

The project combines renovation with new construction to an alternative use. We worked with Freedom House to evaluate their existing headquarters, which they had outgrown, and conducted test fits and programming studies on 5 Crawford Street. The new program consists of an 8,400 sf interior fit-out including office, technology lab, and teaching spaces.

Extensive envelope and roof repairs were made to the existing structure. DREAM worked closely with Freedom House on test fits, assisting them with evaluating the costs and benefits of the building, design of the new facility, and overseeing the construction phase through closeout. The building is designed for LEED certification or better. The new flexible facility is a state-of-the-art center for teens and young adults, focused on leadership, education, including college coaching, tutoring for academic success, financial aid advising and healthy lifestyles.

Freedom House is a non-profit with an incredibly tight budget, and DREAM worked with the client to create an energy efficient project within budget, with a focus on schedule and constructibility. The project was designed for LEED certification.


Full Architectural Services

Soup to nuts:  from programming to project close-out.


Interior Fit-Out

Work needed to complete the internal layout and servicing of the building shell to meet the specific needs of an incoming occupier.

Moving Forward in the Age of COVID-19

During these times of extraordinary disruption, DREAM Collaborative remains steadfast in our belief that architecture should work toward the Greater Good. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, lines have been blurred and we’re seeing opportunities all around us to reimagine the way we live, work, and organize our society and our spaces. We are honored to play a part in the transition toward a renewed society that prioritizes well-being, equity, and innovation.

As partners, we’re bringing our curiosity and the diversity of our perspectives to conversations about how design and development will need to evolve in a post-COVID world. We’re convening panel discussions and reaching out to other minority and women-owned businesses to brainstorm solutions to the unique and compounded challenges we face. Most importantly, we’re committed to providing the highest level of service and support to our valued clients and partners in the community, who we know are also being pushed to the limits of their resources and ingenuity in order to thrive in this historic moment.