New Project – The Alumni Center at the BU Castle
Finegold Alexander Architects is pleased to announce the firm has been awarded our third project at Boston University (BU), transforming the “Castle” on Bay State Road into a New Alumni Center. The project is expected to transform this distinguished and historic mansion into a vibrant new Alumni Center serving BU’s 300,000-plus graduates. It will also include a small expansion at the lower level and improvements will include a new commercial kitchen, expansion of the BU Pub, and resolution of accessibility issues.
The Castle was built in 1915 as a home for the family of industrialist William Lindsey. The property was donated to Boston University in 1939 and from 1939-1967 was used as the residence of BU’s presidents. Since 1967 it has been used mainly for official functions, weddings and a myriad of University events (approx. 190 events each year). The ground floor or “garden level” at the rear of the property is home of the BU Pub, a private club operating with a club license for only the BU community.
The primary goal of this project is to put alumni literally and figuratively at the heart of the Charles River campus. And in this spirit, the Castle will continue to be an iconic, high profile location for numerous alumni, faculty and student events.
Our first project at BU was the Autism Center of Excellence – this project renovated an existing early 20th century building to house critical research, testing and intervention efforts for children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with severe autism. Currently we are working with the Honors College at Kilachand Hall to reimagine the top floor into a student-focused educational/work/social space.