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H.H. is Hot Hot!

May 10th, 2012  |  Posted by: Boston Preservation Alliance

The Hayden Building / Photo credit: CUBE design + research

Looking to live in a building by one of America’s most famous architects in close proximity to all the amenities of downtown Boston? Boy do we have the apartment for you!

H.H. Richardson’s Hayden Building in Chinatown will soon be getting a complete overhaul thanks to the work of our colleagues at Historic Boston Incorporated and the up-and-coming architecture firm CUBE design + research. With a groundbreaking set for June 4, the project will bring new life to the last remaining commercial building by Richardson in the city and renovate it for apartments in the upper stories.

The architects' vision for the interior of an apartment in the Hayden Building / Image credit: CUBE design + research

Richardson was certainly a “starchitect‘ of his time. Designer of Boston’s Trinity Church, along with many of the country’s most treasured commercial buildings, train stations, libraries, and more, Richardson developed what came to be known as the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The style’s French, Spanish and Italian Romanesque cues, weighty stonework, and recessed arches are clearly evident in the Hayden Building, which strongly holds its corner on Washington Street.

So if you’re looking for a new pad that’s truly unique, stay tuned. When this renovation is complete, it’s gonna be a beauty!

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