History of Hall and Moskow
Gordon Hall and Michael Moskow are the founders and developers of Hall and Moskow Corporation who own and operate numerous residential and commercial properties throughout Newburyport, MA.
Gordon Hall worked as a consultant to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) during the revitalization of Faneuil Hall during the '60's; restoring buildings that had been slated for demolition. His design and planning objectives for saving these buildings included: to create a modern center of activity, establish a new residential community, reconstruct the waterfront, and provide open spaces. Faneuil Hall, the first urban renewal project of its kind, was repeatedly imitated and sparked a world-wide restoration trend.
Gordon next came to Newburyport, at the behest of the Newburyport Historical Society, where he advised and recommended the preservation of the Inn Street and State Street buildings using the same objectives he applied to Faneuil Hall.
Newburyport's remarkable 18th and 19th century architecture and potential for commercial and residential development inspired Gordon to pursue the acquisition of real estate with Michael Moskow. Together they implemented the principles of preservation and revitalization they were beholden to. Gordon Hall and Michael Moskow owned 18 buildings with approximately 52 housing units in Newburyport throughout the 1970's.
In 1982, Gordon’s son, David D. Hall, graduated from the University of New Hampshire and joined Hall and Moskow to lead a dramatic expansion of the firm's portfolio. They acquired 12 multi-family properties with 44 residential units, bringing the total number of housing units to 93 today.
Residential restoration projects included saving three 18th century buildings from demolition through relocation and renovation, for which the city of Newburyport awarded David a special commendation. Next, David began converting industrial properties into space for retail and service businesses using the same visionary planning employed by his father in the 1960's.
In 1985, Prime Tanning Co. sold it's Newburyport tanneries to Hall and Moskow and David directed the environmental clean-up. The new Tannery Mall, consisting of Mill No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, offer both low cost incubator space for entrepreneurs to start businesses and competitively priced retail space. Success has grown as a result of the restoration of Inn Street and other industrial buildings downtown, as well as the increasing attractiveness of the Tannery Mall as a destination shopping center.
The Tannery Mall expanded in 1992 when Mercury Anodizing's building (a super fund clean-up site adjacent to the Tannery) was purchased. With this property, David preserved a segment of the building to establish Mill No. 4 on the Tannery campus and allocated the rest for Tannery parking. Mill No. 5 was later constructed in 2005 on what was formerly a 430,000 gallon tank farm owned by W.E. Atkinson (another successful Brownfield clean-up project run by David).
Hall and Moskow today uses 400 60Kw solar panels to generate most of The Tannery's common area power needs, mandates recycling by it's commercial tenants, bales the Tannery cardboard – cutting trash volume in half – and is now the first in New England to experiment with using heliostats (computer-operated mirrors) to melt stockpiles of snow. David's management philosophy is an extension of Gordon and Michael's vision, one that goes beyond revitalizing industrial-use and residential property to encompass green building management practices.