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Oct 29, 2018
Finegold Alexander Architects Wins AIA New England Design Award for The Lucas
The Lucas, designed by Finegold Alexander Architects received an Honor Award at the 2018 AIA New England Design Awards. The Lucas is the transformation of a shuttered 1874 German Trinity Catholic Church. The concept is a building within a building - a steel and glass design that rises out of the massive stone walls to create a 33-unit residential community. The eight-story glass and steel building bursts through the former church’s roof with steel columns continuing the lines of the stone buttresses skyward.
The AIA jury noted: “The jury was intrigued by this adaptive reuse project, excited by the move of hollowing out a church and inserting an entirely new building. Reimagining the flying buttress for the twenty-first century could have been corny or clunky; however, these interpretations in steel subtly work. The addition is clearly contemporary, but in deference to the existing structure, a success in preservation.”
Each of the 1 to 3-bedroom units are completely individualized, based on unique architectural details. The existing Victorian Gothic features of the stone walls, tower, and arched windows are seamlessly blended with contemporary glass and steel. The design team sought to marry the old and new by retaining the architecturally significant landmark’s tracery windows, front doors, and other artifacts.
Photo courtesy Raj Das
Nov 01, 2017
Construction complete at The Lucas, boutique South End condominium building set within restored church
New Boston Ventures has completed construction of The Lucas, a sold-out 33-unit boutique condominium development that has restored and expanded the historic, 1874-built German Trinity Catholic Church. The former church’s facade has been fully reconditioned, and new windows have been installed within its’ original archways. A multi-story addition adorned with a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall has been constructed above the original church, expertly meshing old and new. Luxury condominium residences have been constructed within the resulting structure, all of which sold out months before The Lucas’ completion. Condominiums feature state-of-the-art finishes; within the original church, condominiums feature unique details such as original arched windows. Condominium closings and move-ins will take place this month. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Aug 01, 2017
Facade complete at The Lucas, sold-out South End condominiums set within historic church
Restoration of The Lucas' historic church facade and installation of a new glass curtain wall along the building's signature vertical addition are both complete, resulting in a stunning blend of old and new. Along the historic facade, new arched windows have been installed, restoring the former church to its' original glory. Finishing touches to the facade are now underway, in addition to installation of luxurious finishes within the building's common spaces and 33 sold-out condominium residences. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Jun 04, 2017
Facade nears completion at The Lucas, sold-out South End luxury condominiums
Work on the facade of the signature multi-story vertical addition to The Lucas is well underway, with installation of the addition’s glass curtain wall nearing completion. Windows have been fitted along all sections of the church’s restored historic structure, and weatherproofing is in place along both the historic structure and the new addition to allow for installation of exterior panels on the remainder of the building. The Lucas will feature 33 luxury condominium residences, all of which are reserved. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Apr 13, 2017
Sold-out The Lucas condominiums in South End top off, façade finishing underway
The Lucas’ signature multi-story vertical steel addition has topped off, and installation of the building’s glass curtain wall façade is underway both along the addition and the historic church structure. Along the addition, metal deck and concrete floor slabs have been installed, and scaffolding has been erected in order to install the curtain wall. Inside The Lucas, framing of individual residences is underway. Opening this summer, The Lucas will feature 33 luxury residences, all of which are now sold. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Feb 17, 2017
Exterior finishing underway at the South End's The Lucas luxury condominiums
The steel addition at the centre of The Lucas' original church building has reached its' full height of 8 stories, and exterior finishes are being installed across the facade. The last steel beams are being installed at The Lucas' summit. Panelling has almost been fully installed at The Lucas' rear, and windows have been installed across the original restored church structure. Featuring 33 luxury condominium residences, The Lucas blends historic ecclesiastical architecture with contemporary design to create a unique and striking modern structure in Boston’s South End. 2 residences at The Lucas remain for sale. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Jan 22, 2017
The Lucas vertical addition nears topping off, 2 residences remain
The vertical steel addition to The Lucas’ original church structure is nearing its’ full height of 8 stories tall. The addition will house luxury condominium residences. At the addition’s summit will be a resident roof deck with sweeping Boston skyline views.The Lucas is 94% pre-sold, with 2 residences remaining for sale. Unit 6, a floor-through 5,295 square foot 4-bedroom/5.5 bathroom residence with floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning 360-degree views, 4 private decks and 4 garage parking spaces, is offered for $6.75 million. Unit 5A, a 2,596 square foot 4-bedrooms/3.5-bathroom residence with private decks, is offered for $3.2 million. The following is a photograph of The Lucas:
Getting closer... thelucasboston.com #ricardorodriguezandassociates #boston #realestate #realtor #architecture #design A photo posted by Ricardo Rodriguez & Associates (@rraboston) on Jan 16, 2017 at 5:17am PST
Dec 14, 2016
The Lucas vertical addition takes shape, three condos remain for sale
Interior and exterior structural work is well underway at The Lucas luxury condominiums, and the vertical addition to the existing South End church shell is beginning to take shape. Both of The Lucas’s elevator shafts are about to top off. Glass windows have been installed along much of the original church facade. Inside The Lucas, unit partitions and metal stud framing are taking shape. When complete, The Lucas will uniquely incorporate historic design elements into a striking modern structure. Just three luxury condominiums at The Lucas remain for sale starting at $3.2 million. The following are photographs of The Lucas:
Sep 08, 2016
Interior framing underway at The Lucas, condos over 90% soldReinforcement of the The Lucas’ historic Roxbury Puddingstone facade is complete, allowing for commencement of interior framing. The Lucas will feature 33 luxury condominium units; according to The Lucas’ website, over 90% of units are sold with only three remaining. The Lucas’ eight-story frame has risen five floors within the existing facade, with the glass rooftop addition soon to follow. The building’s concrete elevator cores have also risen five stories. Interior walls and floors have been framed within The Lucas’ five-story annex along Washington Street, and new wood roofing has been installed. Additional information about The Lucas can be found above; the following are photographs of The Lucas:
Jun 06, 2016
Facade reinforcement work underway at The Lucas, units 80% pre soldStructural repairs and reinforcements are being made to The Lucas' historic facade in preparation for construction of the vertical glass addition. Foundation work is also underway at The Lucas to ensure structural soundness. Steel reinforcements are being installed on the inside of the historic facade's walls.Per an update on The Lucas' website, condominiums at The Lucas are 80% pre sold.An excavator performs foundation work on The Lucas' historic facadeSteel reinforcements are installed along the historic facade's walls
View of The Lucas post-demolition from Shawmut Avenue
View of The Lucas post-demolition from Washington Street
View of The Lucas' exterior finishesMore information about The Lucas is posted below.
Jan 05, 2016
Demolition complete at The LucasJ. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition has completed roof and interior demolition at The Lucas. New drone video from J. Derenzo Companies shows load out of wood debris; video embedded below.
Update from J. Derenzo Companies:136 Shawmut Avenue was the selective interior demolition of the inner wood structure of an 1880's granite block clad church in the heart of Boston's South End. The inner wood structure produced a massive amount of wood debris. A saw cut section of the granite block exterior wall, for future access of underground parking, allowed a skidsteer and small excavator entry to facilitate load out of the materials.
Dec 20, 2015
Demolition in full swing at The LucasDemolition is in full swing at The Lucas! J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition has removed a significant section of the existing building's finishes while retaining the historic church's facade. The facade will be fully restored as part of the development project.JDC Demolition performs demolition at The LucasView of the church building's partially demolished roof and hollowed interiorView of JDC Demolition at work at The LucasView of The Lucas towards Ink Block and Troy BostonView of The Lucas along Shawmut AvenueView of exterior finishes at The Lucas
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