Tour North Adams

Take a walk through time and see North Adams transformed.

After 14 years of planning and construction, MASS MoCA opened its doors to the public in May 1999. Converting a 27-building historic mill complex into America's largest contemporary art museum, it transformed a dying post-industrial town in the process.

View the slide show to see before-and-after photos and witness changes sparked by the arrival of MASS MoCA.

Sprague Electric Sign J.J. Newberry storefront Mohawk Theater Housing on River Street Eagle Street

Click on a thumbnail to start the show.

Color photography and research: Joe Manning
B&W photos courtesy North Adams Transcript

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