A couple of the great buildings of the 19th century are being renovated into luxury condominiums.
It’s a great project, a good mix of old and historic with new. Very convenient location (except game day?).
The Globe covers the rehabilitation:
Across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and busy Beacon Street are a trio of architectural marvels that once were so neglected they seemed to have faded into the surrounding tree line. The buildings are the Chestnut Hill Waterworks, 19th century pumping stations and an accompanying carriage house, that were designed in an era when building great public works also meant producing great public structures and spaces.
That eventually did come, and now, after years of little progress, the Waterworks buildings have finally been renovated in a style that rivals the buildings’ original architectural achievements. In the hands of developer Merrill H. Diamond and the firm of Cambridge architect Graham Gund, the Waterworks buildings have been converted into stylish — and expensive — condominiums, some with killer views, and a museum that preserves the facilities’ industrial heritage, including displays of some of the mighty pump engines that moved water from the adjacent reservoir.
The project includes 112 condos over four buildings, including a new structure designed by DiMella Shaffer Associates, in a style that Diamond said is reminiscent of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Diamond said the state agency that solicited the redevelopment proposals “was very specific about new construction not being purely derivative but rather complementary to the existing structures.”
Complete story: Waterworks revival: In a nod to their heritage, historic pumping stations in Chestnut Hill get new life – By Alan R. Earls, The Boston Globe
More information: The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill (developer’s website)