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DAVID J. TIERNEY JR. INC.
‘What do we even call this?” asks Sarah Eustis as she gestures toward the lobby of the recently opened Hotel on North in Pitts- field, Massachusetts. The 45-room boutique hotel, which occu- pies two renovated 19th-century brick buildings, is a $15 million project that could be labeled something like Industrial Chic or Berkshire Boho, but for Laurie and David J. Tierney III, who
developed and own the project, Pittsfield Revival would be more appropriate. The couple have
deep roots in the city and are hoping their hotel will bring jobs and new life to North Street and
the business district.
A few years ago, the Tierneys teamed up with Main Street Hospitality Group to bring
the hotel to downtown Pittsfield, a place that has seen better days. Eustis is chief executive
officer of the group, which designed and now manages Hotel on North. A family-owned business founded by her stepmother, company chairman Nancy Fitzpatrick, it has properties that
include three well-regarded Western Massachusetts hotels: The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge,
The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and The Williams Inn On-the-Green at Williams College in Williamstown.
Several old structures were considered for the hotel conversion before the team settled on
side-by-side brick buildings between Summer and Union streets, both built in the 1880s and
both on the National Register of Historic Places. One had already been substantially renovated and housed a restaurant. Combined, there would be enough square footage for what the
Tierneys had in mind — and the location was right: Hotel on North sits like a historical book-end several blocks north of the meticulously restored Colonial Theatre, an early-20th-century
jewel box of an opera house that reopened in 2006.
“This is not a project driven by the most money,” says David Tierney, whose Pittsfield-based family construction company, David J. Tierney Jr. Inc., did the renovation. “Pittsfield
can be great again, but it’s not going to happen on its own. People have to do things to make it
great, and local people have to do the job.”