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Building Conservation Associates

306 Dartmouth, Ames-Webster Mansion

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Year Built: 1872
Original Architect: Peabody and Stearns

The Ames-Webster Mansion, built for Frederick Ames, a local industrial tycoon, is located on the corner of Dartmouth Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. It was designed by the notable architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns and built in 1872 in the High Victorian style. In 1882, architects John H. Sturgis and Charles Brigham designed and added a majestic tower, porte cochere and conservatory. There are stained glass skylights designed by the famous John LaFarge on the interior, as well as murals by Beaux-Arts painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant.

BCA surveyed the existing conditions of the exterior historic materials, provided detailed construction documents and specifications for the exterior restoration scope as part of a larger construction project that is adaptively reusing this very large single family mansion in to residential condominiums. Historic fabric included brick, brownstone, terracotta, cast stone, ornamental copper and slate. BCA also provided Construction Administration and worked with the Back Bay Architectural District Commission during construction.