Construct to host Designer Showcase at historic Cassilis Farm in New Marlborough, June 2024

Fundraising initiative for affordable housing space in the southern Berkshires

New Marlborough, Mass. – Construct, Inc., a nonprofit provider of affordable housing and supportive services to residents in fifteen towns across the southern Berkshires, is proud to announce its first Designer Showcase event/exhibition. Slated for the entire month of June 2024, the Designer Showcase will highlight the work of more than a dozen local and regional designers, as well as landscape architects and visual artists. Each exhibitor has been assigned a space at Cassilis Farm, a 27-acre, Gilded Age estate that Construct, along with the New Marlborough Housing Development Committee, purchased at auction with the intention of renovating and converting it into 11 much needed affordable housing apartments.

“We have the opportunity to take advantage of Construct having acquired this magnificent estate,” says Construct Board Secretary Hinda Bodinger, who is also co-chair for the Designer Showcase Committee. “Utilizing such a beautiful space allows us to highlight the talent of the designers, and to share our mission in a unique way with the greater community.”

Cassilis Farm

“As we’ve reached out to interior designers, landscape designers and others with our appeal to help us with the Showcase, the overwhelming response has been ‘YES!,’” says co-chair and Construct board member Laura Jordahl. “Because they, like many businesses, have been directly affected by the shortage of affordable housing. All of us know that working to make Cassilis into a place that 11 families will call home will help to strengthen our community ties.”

The Designer Showcase, themed “Nature in the Berkshires,” will be a timed, ticketed walkthrough and will be open to visitors through five weekends in June. Additional events surrounding the fundraiser include a New Marlborough community day as well as a special Opening Night tour and reception at Cassilis Farm.

Information about the Designer Showcase will be updated on Construct’s dedicated website, as well as via Construct’s social media handles. Tickets may be purchased online beginning April 1, 2024.

Berkshire Magazine is the official media sponsor of the Construct Designer Showcase.

Based in Great Barrington, MA, Construct has been the leading nonprofit provider of affordable housing and supportive services to south Berkshire County residents in need for more than 50 years. Providing more than 90 permanent, affordable housing options, Construct also offers ten units for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, and is building affordable housing in New Marlborough, MA. The bulk of Construct’s annual income comes from individual donors. With this support, Construct helps rebuild security, stability, and hope in the southern Berkshires. 

More information on Construct can be found at or by calling (413) 528-1985.

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