Tessa Kelly: The Mastheads Project

November 2nd, 2018

Last Log Lunch, architect Tessa Kelly ’07 spoke about her ongoing project in her hometown, Pittsfield. She is working with students in Sarah Gardner’s Environmental Planning senior seminar to design a park in the west side of Pittsfield. This is a historically black neighborhood with culture that isn’t reflected in the town’s aesthetic or feeling. The park aims to provide a walkway for students to get to the three schools located further west. It also aims to showcase the Hoosic River.

Although it is contaminated and icy for most of the year, the river is inextricably woven into the landscape. Tessa wants to create more accessibility to the river and green spaces, even thinking about a canoe access point in the park.

She also talked about her ongoing project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts: the Mastheads. It includes several studios, designed with the shapes of various structures that famous artists have lived in throughout Berkshire county. This includes the tower on top of Mount Greylock that Thoreau stayed in, built by the Williams College Astrology department!



—Jane Tekin, ’19