Category: Adaptive Reuse
One of the greatest challenges in greater Boston is creating affordable, accessible housing within an expensive housing market. This project, a successful collaboration among the Town of Brookline, the Brookline Improvement Coalition, and the Pine Street Inn illustrates how it can be done while also preserving a significant historic building. 1754 Beacon Street is an end unit of a four-unit townhouse block designed in 1892 by Lewis & Paine. It is a contributing element of the Beacon Street National Register District and located on a significant urban boulevard designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The Pine Street Inn restored and rehabilitated the exterior including a new slate roof, restoring original wooden windows, and repairing stained glass. The interior was sympathetically rehabilitated leaving as much of the original fabric as possible. The building has been reconfigured to include nine single rooms, five small studios, a wheelchair lift, and a community kitchen. The building provides affordable housing, a community atmosphere, and access to critical services to ensure the continued health and independence of its residents.