Celebrating our 85th Anniversary: Project Spotlight

This year Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) is incredibly fortunate to be celebrating 85 years in business. We are commemorating this milestone with a series of blog articles on our past, present and future.

This month we take a look back at one of SBA’s “legacy projects”, The Devonshire. Completed in 1984, on the site of the former Boston Globe newspaper plant, the Devonshire was the first residential building located amongst the office towers and historic structures of downtown Boston.

The 630,000 sf, 42-story building was originally comprised of 475 residential units, 120,000 sf of office space, and 10,000 sf of retail space, health club, and roof top swimming pool.  The building was designed specifically to relate to neighboring buildings while conveying a contemporary expression.

Subtly massed to reflect the curving street front, the curtain wall construction mediates between the facades of both the traditional brick and limestone buildings and other modern city towers. The lightweight building exterior allows the Devonshire to sit upon a concrete mat, avoiding the need for a driven -pile foundation on the fragile downtown site that includes the MBTA Orange Line running under a portion of the building. The granite and brick paved entrance creates a sense of home within the familiar urban fabric and pedestrian paths of downtown Boston. The Devonshire was a recipient of the New England Chapter of American Concrete Institute Grand Award Winner.

As time has passed, Boston’s architectural landscape has evolved and will continue to do so. From large-scale office buildings, to massive apartment complexes and mixed-use high-rises, these buildings have redefined the skyline forever.  Yet, The Devonshire still stands tall in the heart of the financial district; it is one of Boston’s pristine luxury apartment buildings. 

Below you will find proposed floor plans and renderings developed during the design process of the building, as well as photographs  from after the building was completed in 1984.

As we continue look back upon our history, we are excited to share special moments that have shaped the foundation of who SBA is today. As always, we feel very fortunate and honored to be able to continue to design environments that enhance people’s lives, and hope to be able to do so for the next 85 years!

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