Project

Historic Hospitality in Downtown Crossing

The bespoke Godfrey Hotel contributes to the ongoing revitalization of Washington Street

The Godfrey Hotel at 505 Washington Street

Oxford Capital Group, LLC
Boston, Massachusetts

FA skillfully adapted and integrated two adjacent, historic buildings on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing to create a unified hospitality experience with The Godfrey, a 242-room boutique hotel. The hotel exterior features the restored masonry of the 6-story Amory Building and the white terracotta 11-story Blake Building. The interiors—designed in collaboration with the Gettys Group—are comfortable and contemporary, providing a contrast with the ornate exterior facades. Features include a dramatic lobby with 16-ft. ceilings and sculptural walls, a coffee tasting bar, and new 4,600-square-foot restaurant.

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Size
135,500 SF
Scope
Restoration, Adaptive Use
Program
242 Hotel Rooms, Restaurant Space, Cafe Space
Sustainability
Awards
2016 Boston Preservation Alliance, Preservation Achievement Award
2018 Boston Society of Architects, Hospitality Award
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“We are believers in great architecture and great design, and we believe whenever we can make a smart real estate investment while simultaneously transforming an elegant building that may have fallen on hard times, we like to do that.”
John Rutledge, Oxford Capital Group, LLC
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With regards to preservation, a balanced approach was taken to create a contemporary hotel, while also achieving historic tax credits. The team identified and catalogued existing conditions (e.g., terra cotta, brake metal and decorative cast iron) to develop appropriate repair, preservation, and restoration solutions.

(Image credit: Plumbing Installed by I. W. Crozier. Boston Architectural Club Yearbook, 1909, p. 217. Advertisement. Image Caption reads: "Blake Building, Washington Street, Boston, Mass. / A.H.Bowditch, Architect / Plumbing Installed by I.W.Crozier / Estimates Submitted for Plumbing / For Office Buildings, Churches, Factories, and Private Residences / 30 W. Canton Street, Boston"; License Link: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode; Changes Made: Advertisement cropped around image and image caption.)

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"The unique historic character of Boston's buildings is increasingly recognized for the additive value they bring to projects. Demand for these distinctive spaces is growing, development can be tremendously successful working within historic building envelopes, and in this case the project viability was enhanced through the use of historic rehabilitation tax credits. The Godfrey stands as a prime example that historic resources can bring a premium return."
Greg Galer, Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance