Boston's Ames Building

April 29, 2011
Publication: Traditional Building p 82
Author(s): Matthew Carlton LaBonte, Mark K.

Abstract: Repairing masonry on historic buildings has its challenges and rewards. At 14 stories and 185 ft. to the parapet, Boston's Ames building is one of the tallest load-bearing masonry buildings in the United States and Boston's first skyscraper. Built in 1889 as offices for the Ames Agriculture Equipment Company and the Old Colony Trust Company bank, it underwent an extensive restoration and rehabilitation and reopened in 2009 as a boutique hotel. The building is distinguished for its beauty and intricately carved stone facades, semi-circular arches and architectural massing, which exemplify the Richardsonian Romanesque composition.

Markets: Hospitality
Keywords: High Rise Masonry