The Skinner Building in Holyoke MA was an important women's settlement house at the turn of the 20th century and a key site in any discussion of community development and the movements to create supportive spaces for women, ethnic minorities and the working class. In response to the possibility of the buildings destruction an inter-disciplinary team of graduate and undergraduate students from the UMass Architecture + Design Program and the Department of History produced a public report that combined historic research, preliminary design concepts, user profiles, and an analysis of the potential fiscal strategies in the hopes of developing a plan that would save this historic structure.

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The Historic Skinner Building: Engaging the Past, Exploring the Future [Report], Joseph Krupczynski