Emerson College — Little Building Reimagining

Boston, Massachusetts
Client: Emerson College

Project Description

  • Originally constructed in 1917, the 12-story building had nine floors of office space, a two-story shopping arcade, post office, restaurants, and tunnels connecting it to the subway and neighboring theaters. Elkus Manfredi reprogrammed and reimagined the building into a mixed-use student residence for 1,054 students.
  • The repositioning effort included a major façade renovation and restoration that employed laser scanning and digital reconstructions, infill of the lightwells to create upper-story common rooms, and improvements for structural and MEP building systems.
  • A cornerstone of Emerson’s campus, the building also hosts additional instructional and collaboration space as well as ground floor retail.


Photographer: Robert Benson


American Council of Engineering (ACEC)

National Recognition — Engineering Excellence Awards


Building Design & Construction magazine

Silver Winner – Reconstruction Awards