In the 1960's Urban Renewal was in full swing in Boston as whole blocks fell to the wrecking ball to make way for the new. AHF's work during the late 60's and early 70's helped to prove a new model for urban redevelopment, one that adapted and reused old buildings for modern purposes and preserved the city's history.
AHF's first project was a series of feasibility studies on the redevelopment of the Quincy Markets in Faneuil Hall. The work recognized the potential in the hodgepodge of commercial buildings and presented a vision for a unified marketplace that could once again be a city center. More importantly, the feasibility studies provided the economic model that paved the way for the Markets' rehabilitation. This work demonstrated that preservation could dovetail with modern development and investment needs for both public and private benefit.
Subsequently, with Old City Hall, AHF proved that preservation and redevelopment were viable alternatives to demolition and new construction. With the construction of Government Center well under way, Old City Hall was in danger of demolition. A significant portion of the public associated the building with public corruption and wanted a fresh start. AHF's redevelopment proved that the building could have a new life as a desirable business location while still remaining a key element of the city's urban fabric. At a time when there were few public resources to assist such work, AHF was able to make preservation work.