The Boston Preservation Alliance announced the winners of the 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards this week, and we’re thrilled to share that our project, 316 Shawmut Avenue, was among the impressive list of recipients. 

This year, which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Alliance and the 30th Anniversary of the Preservation Achievement Awards, there is a strong emphasis on Boston’s neighborhoods, showing that historic places can work in harmony with new construction, and that preservation and progress can go hand in hand. The project at 316 Shawmut Avenue is a fine example of this balance, noted by the Boston Preservation Alliance:

“Located at a prominent corner in the South End Landmark District, this project site required a particularly sensitive approach. Striving to celebrate and activate the historic building, the project team rehabilitated the existing 1860s Greek Revival brick row house, created a contemporary rear addition for three residences, and reimagined a first floor retail space. Because of the significant sight lines to the property from Union Park, and beyond the property to the historic church behind it, the team set the new addition back to minimize the visual impacts. The masonry design is contextual for the neighborhood but markedly modern. 


The project team worked closely with the South End Landmark District Commission to determine an appropriate approach for this site. The Commission is tasked with not only protecting the integrity of the historic buildings but also with preserving the unique character of the neighborhood. When developers work well with local historic district Commissions, the result is a unified, preserved district that moves forward without sacrificing its own sense of place and time. This project exemplifies that successful partnership.” 

Commenting on the project, Boston Preservation Alliance’s Executive Director, Greg Galer said, “The brick row houses of the South End have become as emblematic of the architecture of any of Boston’s neighborhoods, and this block in particular has become especially desirable and active. But how to engage a derelict carriage house, reenergize a small, historic storefront, and bring an enlarged floor plate at the rear within this sensitive area? The results find a modern vocabulary that aptly speaks to the historic adjacencies from today harmoniously with the voices of the past.”

We share this award with our client and contractor, Boston Property Ventures, and the rest of the project team, including Boston Coastal Consulting, Linea 5, Inc., GB Consulting Engineers, and Prometheus Life Safety. And congratulations to the fellow award winners – we look forward to celebrating historic preservation in Boston this fall!

The Preservation Achievement Awards & 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held on October 22, 2018 at the State Room at 60 State Street in Boston.



Project Team: 
Embarc Studio
Boston Property Ventures
Boston Coastal Consulting 
Linea 5, Inc. 
GB Consulting Engineers
Prometheus Life Safety


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