Expansion and Renovation Project Summary
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Mount Pleasant Home (MPH), in continuous operation since 1901 is a
residence with a mission to serve older women and men having limited
housing options. Currently it provides permanent housing and supportive
services for 44 elderly residents. MPH is a not-for-profit organization
providing Level IV Residential Care governed by a volunteer
community-based board of trustees.
The current facility is a brick Colonial Revival building, built in
1926 is situated on a 2.3 acre partially wooded site within a diverse mix
of urban neighborhoods. The South Huntington Avenue address is directly
accessible to public transportation. The site abuts the "Emerald
Necklace" parkway, one of Boston's historic open spaces designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted.
Many of the current residents of Mount Pleasant Home (MPH) were born
before Social Security and had careers and raised families prior to
portable pension plans and IRAs. From diverse backgrounds domestic and
abroad, they have made this city their home and have contributed to make
Boston what it is today. Averaging 84 years of age, MPH residents are
members of a generation now benefiting from major advances in public
health, medicine and technology. Two-thirds of the current residents have
outlived their savings and are supported by public subsidies from
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled,
and Children (EAEDC), and Boston Veterans Services.
Expansion and Renovation
ensure that Mount Pleasant Home continues to be a resource for the Boston
low income elder community for the next hundred years, MPH is planning a
substantial renovation and expansion. The 20 million dollar project
will allow Mount Pleasant to increase the number of residents it can serve
from 44 to 60. In addition, all electrical, mechanical and life safety
systems of the current building will be replaced. A four-story addition
on the wooded side of the site will be joined to the existing building by
a three story south-facing atrium; creating a shared four-season living
and dining space that is filled with natural light and fresh air. The
completed project will provide all residents with private rooms with
and Women's Advanced Primary Care
Brigham and Women's Advanced Primary Care Associates, South Huntington,
will lease the clinic and office space on the ground floor of the new
addition. Upon the completion of the renovation, the practice,
affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital, will have a new home of
their own design for its primary care practice serving the larger
community. The practice will be a patient-centered medical home with a
focus on team-based care with the goal of providing the highest quality
proactive care and seamless access for patients.
Mount Pleasant Home residents will then have an option of taking the
elevator to see their health care practitioner.
Use of "green" materials, efficient heating, cooling and electrical
systems and the capture of storm water in an on site wooded rain-garden
are intended to earn the Project
Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification from
the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable design features of the
project as well as improvements in circulation and accessibility will
provide MPH residents more efficient comfortable and enjoyable
Check out what the
Hyde Park Task Force is doing for the Mount Pleasant woodlands.