54 Commonwealth Avenue

Back Bay, Boston, MA

This new brick-and-cast-stone condominium development—on the site of a former parking lot—sits seamlessly among its historic neighbors on Boston’s most famous boulevard. Its New York City–style lobby sits below street level, down a short flight of stairs, which allowed the building to accommodate another story of residences.

The rear of each of the six units opens through French doors to a small south-facing balcony, and the penthouse enjoys spectacular natural light. Thanks to careful documentation and long-standing relationships with decision makers, the building was approved quickly—in one step rather than the usual multiple rounds—by the Back Bay Architectural Commission.