The Archer Residences

Boston, MA

The Archer Residences combines two existing buildings, The Archer and The Donahue – both of which formerly served as classroom and administrative offices for Suffolk University. The Archer building, the original Suffolk University School of Law, with its cast-concrete decorative panels, is evocative of the Classical Revival architectural style popular at its time of construction in the 1920s. The Donahue building was built in the 1960s and featured a Modernist brick design. TAT designed a new façade for The Donahue, inspired by the minimal nature of Mid-century Modern design with broad expanses of brick, accented with ribbon windows. Conjoining the buildings into one structure and adding a penthouse level results in 172,000 square feet of residential space, with 62 condominium units. The new building is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

The Archer building features recast decorative concrete panels and historically-accurate replacement windows, as the originals had deteriorated beyond repair. The Donahue incorporates street-level access to residential units, accented with bronze and granite, taking inspiration from the surrounding residences. Thoughtful design attention has been given to the arrangement, texture, material, and color of the architectural features and The Archer’s relationship to its surroundings. Unique to Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, the scope includes below-grade parking and a rooftop terrace. Interiors in collaboration with LDa.



  • TYPE

    Historic Preservation | Restoration + Adaptive Reuse


    JDMD Owner, LLC
  • SIZE
    172,000 sf
    Completed in 2021

    Paul & Niki Tsongas Award
    Preservation Massachusetts

    Rethinking the Future Award | Housing Over Five Floors (Built), Second
    Rethinking the Future