In April 2010 WHALE, in partnership with the City of New Bedford, saved the 1834 John Howland Jr. house by purchasing the structurally unsound building from its previous owners for $237,000.

Acquisition funds came from WHALE’s Neighborhood Restoration Revolving Fund and a $100,000 grant from the Ma. Historical Commission. 

WHALE raised the funds necessary to stabilize the property, including constructing a new roof, putting back the original roofline seen in historic photos. Architect Kit Wise prepared architectural plans to develop the building into five affordable and two market-rate two bedroom apartments, with one three-bedroom on the top floor.

WHALE has partnered with the non-profit developer TRI, Inc. to construct the property.  TRI recently purchased the property and will be managing the apartments when it is complete.