The Paramount Center

Boston, Massachusetts
Client: Emerson College

The vision for Emerson is to develop the coolest, hippest, most compelling destination in downtown. The Paramount Center is truly a center for creative collaboration among students, faculty, performers, and the public. As the College had originally hoped, this facility is fully realizing its important role at the heart of Emerson’s mission.”

Lee Pelton

Former President, Emerson College

Project Description

  • A key component of Emerson’s new campus in Boston’s Theatre District, this 39,200-sf, mixed-use development joined together new construction with the landmarked Paramount Theatre and adjacent Arcade building, plus a neighboring backlot.
  • The Center incorporates the renovated Paramount Theatre, a black box theatre, a scene/prop shop, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, a sound stage, a film screening room, plus a 262-bed residence hall and 150-seat streetfront restaurant.
  • The renovated Paramount Theatre is now a 590-seat live-performance space used for performances by both students and professional artists from all over the world through the ArtsEmerson program.

Photographer: Peter Vanderwarker

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

Preservation Honor Award


Preservation Massachusetts

Paul E Tsongas Award


United States Institute of Theater Technology

Merit Award


Live Design Magazine

Design Excellence Award – Venues


Illuminating Engineering Society

Award of Merit – Exterior and Interior Lighting


American Institute of Architects, New England Chapter

New England Design Award


Boston Preservation Alliance

Preservation Achievement Award – Significant Rehabilitation / Restoration


Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA)

Honor Award for Design Excellence


Construction Managers Association of America – New England Chapter

Building Project of the Year – Renovation / Modernization Less Than $100 Million


New York Construction Magazine

Best of 2010, Project of the Year – Renovation / Restoration

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