Brooke Charter School, a network on the leading edge of successful charter schools in Massachusetts, commissioned Arrowstreet to create a new home for their second school. Planned to support 475 students in grades K-8, Brooke Mattapan includes the renovation of an existing four-story historic building and gymnasium. The modernization of this 57,000-square-foot building included substantial interior rehabilitation, restoration of the historic fa├žade, and the addition of a new stairwell and elevator for improved accessibility and circulation. A thoughtful rearrangement of existing space accommodates their school program – which includes art, dance, music, science, gymnasium, and library components – into a compact footprint while preserving the large amount of open green space on the site. The school was designed to be LEED certifiable, with an innovative low-energy air conditioning system that uses a combination of dehumidification and ceiling fans.

Project Details


Mattapan, Boston, MA


Edward W. Brooke Charter School


57,000 SF




designed to LEED certification standards



“The skill and professionalism demonstrated by the Arrowstreet team underscored their commitment to delivering high quality work product at every phase…Brooke Charter Schools greatly relied upon Arrowstreet’s astute, knowledgable, and experienced consultatation in taking our development from concept to reality.”

– Christopher Bizzacco, COO, Brooke Charter Schools

Photos by Ed Wonsek ArtWorks Inc.

Architectural Plans / Process