Boston's Ames Building Presents Structural Design Challenges

November 29, 2010
Publication: SEAMass Newsletter
Author(s): Mark Webster

At 14 stories and 185 feet to the parapet, Boston's Ames building is one of the tallest masonry bearing wall buildings in the world. But the building is distinguished not primarily for its height, but rather for its beauty. Designed by renowned architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge and constructed in 1893, the building's intricately carved stone facades, rounded arches and architectural massing are outstanding examples of Richardsonian Romanesque composition. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, a block from City Hall and the Old State House, three consecutive developers recognized the potential for the former office building to house a boutique hotel, the third finally succeeding in completing the challenging adaptation. SGH worked with all three developers over nearly a decade to address the structural and masonry restoration challenges of the hotel conversion. The hotel opened in November 2009 and has won two preservation awards.

Markets: Hospitality
Keywords: Historic Masonry