field street i & ii



Field Street I

  • 2 split level duplexes and 3 townhouses make up the 21 units
  • 2 and 3 bedrooms each with 1 1/2 baths
  • Units range from 800 to 1,100 square feet

Field Street II

  • The Hamilton Apartment Building
  • Four 2 bedrooms; One 1 bedroom, all one bath
  • 700 to 900 square feet
  • 2 townhouses and 3 level duplexes make up the 28 units
  • 2 and 3 bedrooms all except 2 have 1 1/2 bath
  • Units range from 800 to 1,100 square feet

The homes were built on sites that had been cleared of previous structures and required excavation and removal of fill material. Architect Abraham Kadushin saw this condition as both a problem in terms of added cost and an opportunity because, he said, "It provided an impetus for designing full basements for the buildings, a significant residential amenity for residents because they provide extra living space for future needs." Kadushin described the design: "The site plan utilizes the pattern of residential buildings parallel to the street so that front entrances face the public street, and rear entrances face the semi-public alley. Parking off the alleys is on paved areas behind the residences. The building designs are interpretations and adaptations of traditional duplex and row house dwellings in the neighborhood. Front porches, horizontal siding with special shapes and corner trim, window types and patterns, gables roofs and other exterior features express this compatibility with existing buildings. Since the development is small, public space was difficult to support, but common backyard areas provide semi-public open space for the families, and a small tot lot with mature trees and vegetation has been completed.

Dwelling units are arranged in four building types: duplexes, fourplexes, quadraplexes, and modified fourplex that contains two townhouses and a stacked flat with the lower level a wheelchair-accessible unit. The homes have separate front and rear entrances reached directly from the street and back yard. The site plan allows easy monitoring of open spaces and entries. Even the alleys, previously locations of criminal activities, have been improved and are actively used by residents going to and from parking. Units are equipped with full security systems and have ample windows to allow visual connection between inside and outside areas.

Abraham Kadushin summed up his firm's experience with the Field Street housing by saying “The positive catalyzing effect of new infill housing development in a severely distressed urban neighborhood cannot be underestimated. While rehabilitation of existing deteriorated structures is extremely important, the symbolic and tangible rebirth represented by new additional resources (SIC). This is especially significant when the developer is a non-profit, community-based organization undertaking responsibility for the planning, design, development, and management of the project, as was the case in Island View Village.