The Copley Square Hotel was the first hotel to grace Boston’s Back Bay. Since 1891 it has served as the home-away-from-home of its most famous residents, as well as visiting dignitaries, politicians, businessmen and athletes.

The seven-story Grand Dame’s architectural mix of Italian Renaissance and Beaux Arts styles has been evolving over the years. Folan was able to nurture back the failing masonry façade and deteriorated stone elements around all elevations. There were severely deteriorated sill and header units which were crumbling to pieces and falling to the sidewalk below.

New reinforced precast concrete was replicated for replacement. Masonry fractures and spalled brick were discovered throughout the facades and need to be rebuilt.

The owner also contracted Folan to remove and replace all the existing windows with new aluminum, energy efficient units in all rooms. The final piece was a new custom fabricated signage that was structural anchored to the rebuilt parapet masonry.

Although working on a fully occupied building has its challenges, we were able to work closely with Hotel management and limit disruptions to the guests and general public. The project was completed successfully on time and within budget.