From Churches to Condos. A look at five transformations in the city. By Mariya Manzhos
1. The Lucas136 Shawmut Avenue, Boston Year built: 1874 Prices: Ranging from about $600,000 to $4 million per unit Unit sizes: 650 to 3,500 square feet
The awe-inspiring 19th-century Holy Trinity German Church and its rectory in the South End are expected to be transformed into contemporary luxury condos by spring 2017.
The architects from Boston-based firm Finegold Alexander Architects embarked on the project last fall and aimed to harmoniously marry the old and the new in the design. “We recognized the historic fabric was very significant,” says Jim Alexander of Finegold Alexander. The firm specializes in adaptive use of historic buildings, with former residential conversions including the Salem jail and General Cable mill complex in Williamstown.
Within the church’s existing Roxbury Puddingstone walls, the new interior will include eight floors and 33 one to four-bedroom units. Two of the units will get their private street entrances framed by Gothic arches. A stunning steel and glass addition rises from the top of the old building and will contain three floors of spacious 2,000- and 3,000-square foot condominiums surrounded by a continuous deck outside. The bell tower, that lost its steeple and dome-like structure over time, will also be a home to a unit.