Description: Adaptive Reuse / Preservation / Restoration / Retail
Client: Kensington Investment Company
Architect: CBT Architects
Location: Boston, MA
Built in 1909 at the western edge of Boston’s Back Bay, this 40,000 square foot masonry building has been home to various restaurants and retail stores on the ground floor. The renovation of the property included a complete replacement of the façade including the decorative storefront detail. The structure was expanded with a new steel framed four-story addition that extends the Newbury Street elevation with an infill. The four-story structure underwent extensive rehabilitation to include structurally stabilizing the building, repairing the exterior masonry walls, and adding a four-story addition with a contemporary glass curtain-wall visible from Massachusetts Avenue. The design of the interior incorporates a large visible circulation stair and two exterior patio spaces facing Newbury Street.