Boston-based H.N. Gorin Inc. and New York-based hospitality development company Masterworks Development Co. LLC, have jointly proposed a 300-room hotel on Stanhope Street in Boston’s Back Bay. The hotel is proposed at 39 Stanhope St, where a unique, historical brick building sits, currently serving as home to Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge.
According to a Letter of Intent filed on September 11, 2019 with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the proposed hotel would span 124,400 square feet and reach up to 240 feet in height and would not include parking.
Stanhope Stables – A piece of Boston’s history
39 Stanhope Street is part of a small series of old carriage houses forming a unique streetscape that harkens back to the days when horse and carriage was the common means of transportation in Boston, and the clip clop of hooves on narrow, cobbled streets filled the air.
The proposed demolition of this building not only represents the loss of yet another piece of Boston’s history and charm, but will likely be a catalyst for demolition along the rest of Stanhope Street.
An excerpt from the Boston Preservation Alliance:
With development threatening nearly every corner of the city, Boston is losing the vernacular and quirky little hidden spots that are essential to the city’s charm and unique character. We feel that a balance of new and old, big and small creates the most vibrant and pedestrian-friendly parts of the city where people want to be and we have therefore urged the owner of 39 Stanhope Street to reconsider outright demolition of the building. We fear the loss of this section of the block would set a precedent for demolition of the rest of the streetscape which would be a meaningful loss of character and sense of place for this neighborhood.
[Read more from Boston Preservation Alliance]
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