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Smart Growth Project: Hayden Building, Boston


The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance recognizes smart growth projects and planning/zoning initiatives across the Commonwealth. This project is one of many that were featured at our 2013 conference. See other examples

Hayden Building

 The Hayden Building, located at the edge of Chinatown and the Theater District in Downtown Boston, was built in 1875 and had fallen into disrepair. The building is a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark, and was gutted by a fire in 1985, remaining vacant until its rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. The building is certified LEED Platinum, is located within two blocks of three subway stations, the Boston Common, and several bus lines.

Opportunities: Heightening the awareness of both the physical building and it’s social history by way of the design concept, spatial layout, material articulation, and infographics.

Challenges: Significant damage and neglect necessitated significant improvements to the shell of the building.

Project Team: CUBE design + research, Historic Boston, Inc., Marc Truant and Associates

Cost: $3.9 million

Square Feet/Units: 8,500 sqft, 4 units

Funding Sources: Privately funded, historic tax credit (State and Federal), Non profit donations.

Contact: Chris Johns, Partner, CUBE design + research, [email protected], (617) 848 – 2602