The Dahod Family Alumni Center at the Castle
Finegold Alexander Architects, along with a team of engineers and specialty consultants, transformed this distinguished mansion into a vibrant new Alumni Center serving Boston University’s 300,000-plus graduates. The project includes a complete exterior restoration, total MEP systems replacement, selective interior renovation, and an addition to the lower level including a new commercial kitchen to expand the BU Pub. Full accessibility was provided to the building’s public spaces. Originally built in 1915 by William Lindsey Jr. as a family home, the Castle has become an iconic, high profile location for not only the Alumni of Boston University, but also for faculty dining, graduate student gatherings and numerous other university events.
“In a campus with many purpose-built, modern facilities, it’s of great value to provide a distinctive and memorable sense of place that connects to the grandeur of a residential neighborhood that’s hard to otherwise grasp. Buildings like this one allow a continuum of memory to this place and across multiple generations of students."
Greg Galer, Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA)
Meticulous exterior restoration included the removal of gable capstones and ornaments to enable new slate and copper flashing installation. Original carver’s marks and numbering were discovered on the bottoms of the stones, aiding the re-installation process.
“The building was at a point where a lot of deferred maintenance was coming to a head... It was time to do a major renewal/restoration, yet at the same time, there were some amazing historical interiors that were quite intact—they just needed a little buff and polish and some infrastructure to make them sing.”