Preservation Magazine, Winter 2017

A Renovation Brings Glamour Back to a Boston Landmark

The New Lobby Bar Inside the Recently-Renovated Boston Park Plaza Hotel

photo by: Michael Diskin/Boston Park Plaza

The new bar in the hotel lobby is just one of the many eye-catching improvements of the renovation.

Since it opened in 1927, Boston’s Statler Hotel (now a Historic Hotel of America known as the Boston Park Plaza) has hosted celebrities and heads of state. But the building’s elegance had dimmed over the years, priming it for a two-and-a-half-year, $100 million renovation. Designed by Signature Architects and Parker-Torres Design, the overhaul of the Boston Park Plaza’s public spaces and 1,060 guest rooms was completed last spring.

Preservation efforts are most obvious in the ballroom and lobby. The renovation team repainted and restored friezes, re-dipped and re-wired chandeliers and sconces, repainted original woodwork, and repaired damaged plasterwork (such as the detailing on the bar wall shown above). “We knew we had to celebrate the hotel,” says Ellen Johnson of Parker-Torres.

Outside, the brick exterior envelope was repointed, and the windows were replaced with historically accurate replicas on the second and third floors.

Meghan White is a historic preservationist and an assistant editor for Preservation magazine. She has a penchant for historic stables, absorbing stories of the past, and one day rehabilitating a Charleston single house.

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