306 Dartmouth Street
Back Bay, Boston
This building is an excellent example of adaptive reuse and preservation of a Victorian era building in the Back Bay of Boston. The 26,000 square foot, four-story Mansion has 50 rooms and 22 fireplaces. Carefully restored by the Raymond Property Company in 1972, the conversion from single family residence to commercial office space was completed while maintaining the original spatial relationships, interior design and décor. The building is located in the heart of the Back Bay, near to the Newbury Street shopping area, the Prudential Center and the Charles River Esplanade.
Originally constructed in 1872, with a renovation and major addition in 1882, the Mansion is considered to be the greatest work of the noted architect John Hubbard Sturgis. The building features a striking mansard tower; an ornate mosaic tile entryway, a dramatic conservatory overlooking Commonwealth Avenue, a grand staircase with cloister domed ceiling, wall-sized murals on canvas by the French artist Benjamin Constant, beautiful stained glass windows executed by John LaFarge, a monumental Jacobean oak mantle, and soaring eighteen foot high ceilings.
Many of Boston's best professional firms have made the Ames-Webster Mansion their business address. The buildings offers historic charm and grandeur along with the modern conveniences of T-1 internet service, digital telecommunications, and shared conference rooms, copier and fax machines, and professional receptionist services.