When Boston's new City Hall was finished in late 1968, the existing City Hall building emerged as surplus property. The city leased the property to a private developer for 99 years. Finegold Alexander designed the renovation and adaptive use of the building into prestigious commercial office and restaurant space. The granite exterior of the building was cleaned, but left virtually unchanged. The open stairway space, which did not meet code requirements, was utilized to create a modern core for circulation, restrooms, and mechanical closets. This project became a national symbol for recognizing the potential of reuse and repositioning of many historic and special buildings.
1976 AIA National Honor Award for Extended Use
1975 AIA Design Award, New England Regional Council
1973 L.J. Peabody Award for Creative Excellence
1972 Preservation Award, Boston Society of Architects