Hotel Godfrey – A Changing Face Of Downtown
As one of Boston’s most exciting renovation projects in a decade, Downtown Crossing’s Godfrey Hotel is underway. The new boutique hotel, at 505 Washington St. between Temple Place and West Street in Downtown Crossing, will have 238 rooms along with a ground floor restaurant and separate upscale destination coffee bar. The Godfrey Hotel is envisioned to play a major part in the accelerated pace of development in Downtown Crossing. As this renewal continues, the area will be transformed over the next two years with new retail, hotels, condominiums and exciting new restaurants. Within the context of the Washington Street “streetscape,” the hotel will become a key anchor in a thriving location for both residents and tourists visiting the city.
The project, involves a complete gut renovation, restoration and renewal of two existing office buildings (the Blake and Amory buildings).
The original buildings were joined together during a renovation in the 1980s and have operated as a single mixed-use asset ever since. Historically, the buildings housed retail on the first two floors and office space on the upper floors. Challenges to the project include seismic upgrades, which includes shear walls and bracing, and designing 238 hotel units into a building designed for office space. The Blake and the Amory buildings are both designated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, which adds yet another layer of complexity.
Expected to open in early spring 2015, The Godfrey Hotel Boston will become an outstanding example of revitalizing and reusing forward-thinking architecture of the early 20th century within the heart of downtown Boston. The storefront and façade on the lower two floors will be updated to reflect the openness of the historic design while adding a crisp modern attitude at street level. The restored terracotta-clad exterior, expansive windows, and intricate ornamentation, will maintain a distinct and memorable presence within the city.
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