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Preservation Windows Recognized by the Boston Preservation Alliance

Commonwealth Avenue Townhouse

Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors is proud to have been part of the project team that received the “2014 Preservation Achievement Award” from the Boston Preservation Alliance.

The real kudos goes to “Project Architect” Ann Beha and Project Owner & Contractor Sea-Dar Construction for an exceptional project.

Here’s the story behind this great looking building…

Commonwealth Avenue Townhouse, Back Bay

Sometime before 1937, one of the iconic residences along Boston’s historic Commonwealth Avenue was demolished. For decades, this lot was nearly the only “missing tooth” along the beautiful, tree lined alée. In 2013, Ann Beha Architects and SeaDar Construction assumed the responsibility of creating a new residence on this historic street. With a goal of referencing and respecting the surrounding architecture without copying it, the project team successfully executed a modern townhouse that achieves architectural excellence while seamlessly blending into the streetscape.

Like its neighbors, the townhouse presents a four-story main façade with a stepped mansard roof and consistent cornice line. Though less common than brownstone or brick, the limestone of the façade is historically appropriate and used elsewhere in the neighborhood, most noticeably across the street at the historic Vendome. The composition of this new design was also derived from neighboring buildings and features a street level entrance, rusticated ground floor, and elongated windows with cast-iron balconies on the second floor “piano nobile.” The size of the lot, 25% wider than most along this street, determined a flat façade rather than the more typical bay window. The façade’s reserved, four bay rhythm defers to the prominent semi-circular conservatory of the Ames Mansion next door. The building’s clean lines express its modern construction without detracting from the historic character of this unique setting.

“Designing infill buildings to replace those lost within historic districts is one of the most challenging issues in preservation,” said Greg Galer, Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance. “This project manages to fill the ‘missing tooth‘ by providing a design in character with this iconic Boston street but without mimicking its historic neighbors. It fits its context most beautifully. While not mistaken into believing the building is historic, the viewer may be taken aback by the fact that it is new construction, given its traditional styling and materials.”

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