Historic High-Rise to High-End Hotel
The Ames Hotel
Restoration architect and hotel planner for the adaptive reuse of historic office building into boutique hotel
The Ames Building, designed by Boston’s Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge and built in 1889, is the second tallest bearing wall structure in the United States. The Ames underwent a complete interior renovation to convert the former office building into one of Boston’s newest and most beautiful boutique hotels. Normandy Real Estate Partners commissioned C7A to perform the historic restoration of the entire building and act as hotel planner. Morgans Hotel Group is the operator of the Hotel, and the Rockwell Group designed the interior public space. The hotel features 115 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar/lounge and new lobby. Historic elements of the building, including the lobby’s tile vaulted ceiling, the interior stairway and the building exterior, were fully restored to their original splendor.
Hospitality Design profiles Boston’s Ames Hotel, an award-winning adaptive reuse project that transformed the historic Ames Office Building into a four-star boutique hotel. The Ames Hotel’s design team included the Morgans Hotel Group, the hotel operator; interior designer The Rockwell Group; Cambridge Seven Associates …
For Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine, Mark D. Webster, PE, LEED AP of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) talks about the structural challenges faced by the engineering team undertaking the restoration and transformation of the historic Ames Building into the …
In this series of CultureNOW podcasts, C7A Principal Stefanie Greenfield discusses the history and adaptive reuse of the Ames Hotel. Originally completed in 1893, the Ames Building was Boston’s first skyscraper and is the second tallest load-bearing masonry structure in …
This Architectural Record Building Types Study looks at the design concept developed by interior designers Rockwell Group, architects Add Inc. and Cambridge Seven Associates, and hotel manager Morgan Hotel Group to transform Boston’s historic Ames Office Building into a boutique hotel containing 120 guest rooms, a …