Boston Young Men’s Christian Union

Boston, MA

The Union at 48 Boylston is the $31.2M preservation and rehabilitation of the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union (BYMCU) building, originally constructed in 1875 and home to a nonprofit of the same name. The BYMCU is the most accomplished building in the High Victorian Gothic idiom remaining in Boston and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The development provides 46 units of affordable housing, including 25 targeted to those who have experienced homelessness – serving some of the most vulnerable in a gentrifying neighborhood. The project includes 12,000 square feet for St. Francis House’s administrative offices and a substance abuse counseling program. In addition, the Urban Hound at St. Francis House, a dog day care and grooming venture, provides job training and employment opportunities for residents and clients.

  • SERVICE

    Architecture

    Interior Design

  • TYPE

    Multifamily

    Commercial

    Historic Preservation | Restoration + Adaptive Reuse

  • CLIENT
    Planning Office for Urban Affairs
  • SIZE
    15,710 sf
  • STATUS
    Completed in 2019
  • AWARDS

    Charles Eliot Award
    Preservation Massachusetts