REINVENT Cogswell

Cogswell ArtSpace... Preservation. Community. Art.

Haverhill, MA Arts Education Community Placemaking

All-or-Nothing

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Creative Haverhill is a Registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 22-2539427.




It's a Bold Dream...

Take a forgotten building and bring it back to life.  Fill it with children, adults, and lots of creativity. Create spaces to show the artistic talents of the community, to inspire new artists, to educate, to see our neighbors, and to make new friends.



PRESERVATION-- COMMUNITY-- ART

The REINVENTION OF COGSWELL will keep this historic property accessible to the public providing cultural experiences for the community and beyond.  It will provide spaces for people of all ages to create and for people to learn to create.  It will provide opportunities to share talents and strengthen a community.  

LOCATION- LOCATION- LOCATION-- Cogswell's proximity to the newly completed Bradford Rail Trail running along the City's River Front will provide easy walking or biking access between the Center and Haverhill's expanding downtown, with it's innovative new developments and a growing artistic and cultural scene.  A community Artspace is the missing thread to connect the cultural fabric of Haverhill and build upon the ever growing sense of COMMUNITY in Haverhill. 

Cogswell sits within walking distance of TWO MBTA Commuter Rail Stations with direct access to and from the vibrant arts scene of Boston with multiple trips each day.  ALSO, Amtrak's DOWNEASTER Express makes daily stops just down the road placing Haverhill in the HEART of two regional and VIBRANT hubs of arts and culture in New England. 


REINVENT COGSWELL is the culmination of years of careful planning and immersion in the city’s cultural community. Creative Haverhill has received two planning grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has construction drawings and a scope of work ready to go, to make the dream a reality and turn this abandoned property in the HEART of Haverhill into a productive community asset once more.  

Cogswell Artspace will be a catalyst for the promotion of cultural opportunities and will contribute to making Haverhill a great place to live, work, play, and learn.  But first - and with your help - we need to REINVENT COGSWELL.  We’ll tell you later how we plan to multiply your donation to increase its impact.

Cogswell REINVENTED


The creative possibilities for the space are endless.  

  • A gallery space will anchor the first floor with curated and juried exhibitions.  
  • A community gallery space will provide opportunities for local artists to show their work.  
  • Classrooms will transform to foster creative programing.  
  • Private studios will provide an opportunity for artists to create side by side in a collaborative, inspirational setting.  It is all possible!


It starts with occupying Cogswell.  Today, the building has no working heat, outdated electric, and limited functional plumbing.  We cannot use the space in its present condition but luckily... Cogswell was built to last.  Following a detailed study of the building, we know that Cogswell has great bones, spaces already designed for learning and inspiration, great public access, natural light, and LOTS OF HISTORY.  With your help and the generous donations that have been raised to date, we can occupy the space.  Funds raised by this campaign will be used to bring electric, plumbing, and fire suppression to code, as well as restore heat and cooling to Cogswell. 


To date $245,000 has already been raised from funding sources including Thomas W. Haas Foundation, Essex Heritage Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  With those funds, repairs have been made to shore up the structural stability of the roof as well as complete a necessary environmental remediation of the property since the building had been unheated and exposed to the elements since its closure 6 years ago in 2010.  Construction of the project will begin in earnest in Spring of 2017 with an anticipated completion date coming just before the end of 2017.  We anticipate a rollout of studios, programming and gallery spaces to be phased over the first few months of 2018 and invite all of you to join us for our grand opening events at that time!

Our plan is to fully renovate the old building into a gathering place for the residents of Haverhill and provide the residents of the community a place to learn, engage and grow with with the arts.

Cogswell School- The History- The Future


The George F. Cogswell School was named for a local civic leader and philanthropist who helped found and grow Bradford College.  Cogswell School served neighborhood children for over 100 years before closing and sitting idle for years.  Eight large classrooms, each with seven large windows provide flexible spaces with abundant natural light.  Creative Haverhill intends to fully renovate the 12,000 square foot historic school and bring the building up to code. 


The exterior of the school’s distinctive brickwork, arched entry, tower, and slate roof will be repaired, but not altered.  Interior Victorian details such as a circular stairway in the tower, bead-board wainscoting, moldings, transom lights, slate blackboards, and wood floors will be restored to maintain the esthetic of the school and pay homage to the importance of this building in Haverhill’s History.  But without your support, Cogswell School is an endangered building.  

Accessibility plans include an elevator from the existing basement level to the second floor.  The location of the elevator will maintain historic rooflines and symmetry of the building.

Supporting REINVENTION

Creative Haverhill supports Haverhill arts and culture, providing experiences and access at the intersection of art, culture, and community; and the development of high quality spaces as platforms for community and cultural expression.  Currently, Creative Haverhill operates the Riverfront Cultural District Hub and has been instrumental to many projects such as the Goeke Park Activation, the Inside Out Portrait Project, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, and Haverhill Art Market.

We have worked hard to develop a plan so the Haverhill community can realize this dream but we can't do this without YOUR HELP!  After years of work and cobbling together multiple sources of funding, these are the LAST DOLLARS for phase 1 needed to Reinvent Cogswell. 

Funding from this campaign will go directly to restoring all components of the building and completing the build out of classroom and gallery spaces and the necessary repairs to occupy the building. If we reach our crowdfunding goal of $50,000 through this Commonwealth Places campaign, MassDevelopment will match every dollar raised by YOU! MassDevelopment’s match DOUBLES the impact of your donation!

Thanks to another generous supporter... all donations received prior to December 1st will count to a $10,000 challenge from a private source.  Talk about leveraging your dollar!  Each dollar has the potential to be worth $3! 

HERE is how to make an impact and help support Haverhill!  Keep in mind that we need to fully raise the $50,000 to meet the match requirements!  

  • FIRST...Make your donation TODAY
  • THEN...tell your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, and strangers on the street about this great opportunity to REINVENT COGSWELL!

If you have any questions about the project or how to donate, please contact Creative Haverhill President, Danielle Smida at 617 699-2644 or email Danielle.Smida@gmail.com or Jonathan Berk at (617)750-6008 or Jonathan@Patronicity.com. 



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Reinvention: Every Dollar Counts!

We appreciate every level of gift toward our goal and donors of $25 and above will receive a special shout out on Facebook for their support of Cogswell!

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Re-Inventors will receive a social media shout out and mention on our website! We will add you to the Reinvent Cogswell email list to make sure you know about all of the developments!

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Re-Inventor with Benefits

Become a Re-Inventor with Benefits and in addition to $50 benefits you will also receive an invitation to a donor’s opening reception!

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Cogswell ArtSpace $250 Supporter

As a supporter you will receive a social media shout out and mention on our website! We will add you to the Reinvent Cogswell email list to make sure you know about all of the developments! You will receive an invitation to tour Cogswell in the spring of 2017 and your name will be listed as a supporter at the $250 level of the Reinvent Cogswell Campaign!

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Cogswell ArtSpace $500 Supporter

As a supporter you will receive a social media shout out and mention on our website! We will add you to the Reinvent Cogswell email list to make sure you know about all of the developments! You will receive an invitation to tour Cogswell in the spring of 2017 and your name will be listed as a supporter at the $500 level of the Reinvent Cogswell Campaign!

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Cogswell ArtSpace $1000 Supporter

As a supporter you will receive a social media shout out and mention on our website! We will add you to the Reinvent Cogswell email list to make sure you know about all of the developments! You will receive an invitation to tour Cogswell in the spring of 2017 and your name will be listed as a supporter at the $1000 level of the Reinvent Cogswell Campaign!

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Cogswell ArtSpace $2500 Supporter

As a supporter you will receive a social media shout out and mention on our website! We will add you to the Reinvent Cogswell email list to make sure you know about all of the developments! You will receive an invitation to tour Cogswell in the spring of 2017 and your name will be listed as a supporter at the $2500 level of the Reinvent Cogswell Campaign!

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Cogswell ArtSpace Founder

Become a Cogswell Artspace Founder with your gift of $5,000 and above. In addition to all of the benefits of a Supporter your gift will be listed permanently at Cogswell ArtSpace and be featured on our social media platforms.

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