January 24, 2017 Dave Kreider



Boston’s South End neighborhood, known for its reverence to historic detail, has recently been the site of several residential church redevelopments.

As housing becomes needed in certain areas of the city, developers look to take on new construction projects or redevelop existing properties. Several historic, yet dilapidated, churches – notably the former 1874 German Trinity Catholic Church, Concord Baptist Church and Immaculate Conception Church – will be graciously transformed into luxury residential structures. The new residences will offer a seamless blend of tasteful modernity and historic tradition.

 The Lucas

The Lucas, a project spearheaded by developers New Boston Ventures and Metric Corporation/Geoffrey Caraboolad, has been thoughtfully restored from the Trinity Germain Church, blending old and new styles by maintaining the facade of the former church along with its stained glass and vaulted ceilings.

The building’s eight stories and 33 opulent residences will bring a new era of luxury living to Boston’s South End. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Boston Landmark District. It is the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country, made up of over 300 acres. Filled with chic art galleries, and home to 11 residential parks with central fountains and iron-fenced borders, the South End is a vibrant and bustling neighborhood. The area is a popular enclave for artists, galleries, and trendy shopping.

The Lucas will represent the harmony of classic architecture and modern elegance through its thoughtful use of contemporary designs and details. Residences will feel at home with luxurious amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness room and lounge, a common courtyard, and a professionally-managed concierge.

Pre-sales for The Lucas are now taking place.

See pricing and floor plans for The Lucas.

The Cosmopolitan

This stunning new development at 771 Harrison Avenue will renovate the vacant South End Church of the Immaculate Conception. The current developer, Bodwell Pines Corporation, has proposed to convert the Church into a residential rental apartment building consisting of 63 residential dwelling units.

The exterior of the church will remain substantially intact with the exception of the following changes: The addition of roof terraces with skylights; removal of windows on sides of the church to create internal terraces with tempered glass rails; and the addition of a tempered glass canopy at the entrance of the Link Building with the same pitch as the church roof. The Cosmopolitan’s developers seek to ensure the historic preservation of the church while offering luxurious and contemporary residential units. All religious artifacts will be donated to the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in accordance with their request for a complete deconsecration of the church.

Parking for 25 cars will be located in the James Court garage adjacent to the church and part of the Harrison Commons Condominium. The Cosmopolitan, recently approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, will no doubt be an exciting undertaking for the South End neighborhood.

See pricing and floor plans for The Cosmopolitan.

199 West Brookline Street

The vacant Concord Baptist Church, located at 199 West Brookline Street in Boston’s South End neighborhood, will soon be home to a number of high-class residential units. The new boutique building will include approximately 9 residential units and 21 below-grade parking spaces. After reaching approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency in recent months, construction has begun its first phase.

199 West Brookline Street is conveniently situated at the border of South End and Back Bay – two neighborhoods known for their historic, elegant architecture and bustling commercial streets. From the countless acclaimed shops and restaurants lining Columbus avenue to the tranquil parks flourishing throughout the South End, the 199 West Brookline parcel could not be more conveniently situated. Residents will enjoy premier South End living, full of vibrant galleries, unique shops and trendy restaurants.

The South End is in the midst of a residential renaissance. These new developments serve to bring much-needed housing to the neighborhood while complementing the surrounding buildings with a thoughtful blend of traditional and contemporary design elements.

To stay up to date as more information comes to light on these developments, visit Bushari’s exclusive Crane Watch feature on BostonRealEstate.com.

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