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Atlantic Wharf

Downtown/Financial District
Revival Styles
New Construction

42.3534248, -71.0531177

Situated at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street, three buildings — the Russia Building (designed by Peabody and Stearns), the Graphic Arts and the Tufts Buildings — served as a hub of mercantile trade. These monumental buildings, characterized by cast-iron storefronts, large shop front windows and decorative lanterns, eventually fell into a state of near-unsalvageable disrepair.


The new Atlantic Wharf has incorporated the façades and other important architectural elements of these historic buildings into a modern, thirty-one-story skyscraper, which contains offices, residential units, and retail space. With substantial setbacks, the new tower allows quality breathing room for the historic structures to read well from the street, featuring original storefronts, complete with limestone and cast iron. The historic exterior has been completely refurbished, including the repair of crumbling brick and rebuilding neglected lanterns. Nelson Court, a passageway connecting the Russia and Graphic Arts Buildings, is now a glass atrium that serves as an entryway into the skyscraper, bringing a bold vibrant new energy to the historic structures.


Owner/Developer: Boston Properties

Project Team: 

CBT Architects
Cavanaugh Tocci
Gordon Smith Corporation
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Hughes Associates, Inc. 
John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. 
Haley & Aldrich Inc.
Building Conservation Associates
Halvorson Design Partnership
LAM Partners Inc.
Childs Engineering
TMP Consulting Engineers
Roll Barresi & Associates
McNamara / Salvia, Inc.
Lerch Bates
MacRostie Historic Advisors

In the News

Density Done Right: Examples from Boston and Barcelona

By David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED AP

World-class offices, waterfront retail and sophisticated urban lofts come together on Boston’s waterfront. Framed by the buzzing harbor and the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Wharf is the Waterfront District’s center of activity.
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