About The Vendome
160 Commonwealth Avenue, Back Bay, Boston, MA
The Vendome is a French-inspired, historic stone building in Boston's Back Bay that features 111 condo units.
The Hotel Vendome was part of the original development of the Back Bay, a tidal marsh that was filled in over the course of about 30 years in the 1800s. It was designed by architect William G. Preston, and it has many characteristics of the Second Empire style that was popular at the time.
The building was sold in 1879, and in 1881 it was substantially expanded with an addition along Commonwealth Avenue where the rowhouses used to be.
Four small fires damaged the building in the 1960s, but the Hotel Vendome is probably best known for the tragic June 17, 1972 fire, which started while the building was mostly vacant and undergoing renovations.
Following the fire, the renovations were eventually completed, and the collapsed section of the building was rebuilt. The former hotel is now a mix of condominiums, offices, and stores, and although it has seen drastic changes from fire and renovations, especially on the upper floors, it is still recognizable from the first photo over 110 years ago.
Today, the highly sought after condominium residences feature 11-foot ceilings, decorative fireplaces, classic columns, solid doors, central air and heating systems, modern kitchens with high-end appliances and much more. Great amenities include full-time security, full-time doorman and concierge services.