Emerson College At A Glance

Construction Complete: 2 |
Acquired by Proponent: 1

Housing: 2 |
Retail: 1 |
Educational: 1

$0 - $10M: 1 | $10M - $100M: 1 | $100M+: 1


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Emerson College is a private college in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as a "school of oratory," the college offers more than three dozen degree programs in the area of Arts and Communication and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Located in Boston's Washington Street Theatre District on the edge of the Boston Common, the school also maintains buildings in Los Angeles and the town of Well, The Netherlands.


Emerson Little Building
- Jan 03, 2020

Permits Pulled for Fit-Out of El Jefe's Taqueria at Emerson's Little Building A series of building permits have been pulled for the fit-out of the upcoming El Jefe’s Taqueria in Emerson's updated Little Building. The fast-casual restaurant plans to open in March in the base of the renovated 12-story dorm which reopened this past fall.    

Emerson Little Building
- Aug 13, 2019

CO Issued for Emerson's Little Building Just in time for the mass arrival of students at the end of this month, a certificate of occupancy has been issued for Emerson College's revitalized Little Building. The renovated residence hall will now house 1044 students along with updated social spaces and dining facilities. The Little Building was originally completed in 1917 and purchased by Emerson in 1994.       

Emerson Little Building
- Jul 24, 2019

Interior Finishing Wrapping Up for Emerson's Little Building Emerson's full revamp of the Little Building, across from The Boston Common, is nearly complete with the facade in place and the tower crane removed from the site. The updated residence hall is set to re-open for this coming fall semester. The renovations have added around 290 beds to the building along with increased student and general-purpose social spaces.

171 Tremont Street
- May 31, 2019

Emerson Completes Renovations at 171 Tremont Street Emerson has completed renovations at 171 Tremont Street across from the Boston College. The college purchased the property for $24M in November 2017 and has now converted the building into a student center including a cultural center, spiritual center, and health services.   

Emerson Little Building
- Apr 24, 2019

Facade Work Nearly Complete for Emerson's Little Building The restoration of the facade of Emerson's Little Building is rapidly progressing as the building is beginning to look like it's old self (that is from the Boylston Street angle, along Tremont Street new modern glass panels were incorporated into the design). Interior work is also ongoing for the renovations that will add 294 beds of student housing and increase student and social space. Construction is set to be complete in time for the beginning of the fall semester.  

Emerson Little Building
- Jan 31, 2019

New Modern Window Panels in Place for Emerson's Little Building Impressive floor to ceiling window panels are now in place for the renovation of Emerson's Little Building. The new windows bring a modern touch to the historic building facade. The full renovation of the residence hall will increase housing and social space in the building located directly across from the Boston Common. When complete The Little Building will house 1040 students. Construction is set to be complete for this coming fall semester.

171 Tremont Street
- Dec 05, 2018

Building Permit Issued for Emerson Renovations at 171 Tremont Street A building permit has been issued for Emerson's renovations of 171 Tremont Street across from the Boston Common. The full interior renovation will include new partitions, ceilings, and finishes. The renovated building will house a student center with a cultural and spiritual center and health services. Emerson purchased the property in November 2017 for $24 million after plans for the "Skinny Tower" were scrapped.    

Emerson Little Building
- Nov 08, 2018

Window Install Beings for Emerson's Little Building Window install is underway along with continued work on the facade for the full overhaul of Emerson's Little Building across from the Boston Common. The 275K sf building is undergoing interior renovations and facade restoration.  The project will also add a 13th floor to the building and allows Emerson to gain an additional 294 student beds.  

Emerson Little Building
- Aug 21, 2018

New Facade Install Underway at Emerson's Little Building Facade install is underway along Boylston Street for Emerson's Little Building renovation. Interior renovations of the 275,000 sf dorm are also ongoing. Construction on the project is set to be complete in Fall 2019.    

171 Tremont Street
- Aug 17, 2018

Emerson Receives Approval for Full Renovation of 171 Tremont Street The BPDA has approved Emerson's proposal for full interior renovation of 171-172 Tremont Street.  The property, directly across from the Boston Common was purchased by Emerson in 2017 after the prior developer scrapped plans for a 13 story condo tower.  Emerson now plans to renovate the property to house a student center.  The new student center will feature a cultural center, a spiritual life center, and health services.

Emerson Little Building
- Jun 15, 2018

Emerson Little Building Renovation Underway Emerson College is currently undertaking a renovation and rehabilitation at the “Little Building” located at 80 Boylston Street in downtown Boston. The college is planning to replace the deteriorating façade, renovate the dining hall and increase social space for students. 294 additional student beds are being added to the current bed-count of 750. Architecture firm Elkus Manfredi is heading up the re-design.

136 Boylston St
- May 29, 2018

Emerson College Acquires Boylston St PropertyEmerson College has acquired the property at 136 Boylston St for $7 million.The property is located on Boylston St on the edge of Boston Common and Downtown Crossing. Built in 1920, the 4 story building amasses 7,584 square-feet on a 1,914 square-foot lot. 

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