117 Newbury Street Renovations
The 1887 building owned by the Junior League of Boston is a classic masonry Back Bay townhouse, but was sorely in need of being updated and brought into compliance with current safety and accessibility requirements. The upper three floors occupied by the Junior League were substantially gutted and replanned to improve functioning and better serve wider public programming. The entire building, including the two retail levels required electrical, fire alarm, mechanical, and sprinkler work. The installation of an elevator resulted in structural intervention on all levels as well. The Junior League space was, as rooms were configured to provide a welcoming new administrative space, small, medium, and large conference rooms, a new formal “living room”, and a spacious and well appointed kitchen for catering events and serving refreshments in a social atmosphere. Woodwork, fireplace detailing, and flooring was largely refurbished. Acoustic tile was removed and plaster ceilings had original crown moldings painstakingly repaired.
Work to the building exterior included some minor masonry repointing, repainting of the rusticated stone base to blend with the brick, roof work for mechanical equipment and a new copper clad elevator penthouse, as well as a new awning at the accessible entry on grade on the back of the building. All exterior work was done in conformance with Back Bay Architectural Commission requirements.