Traditional Building Conference

Boston's Historic South End

The Spring 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge took place during the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference in the historic Back Bay of Boston, March 13-15, 2008 at the Hynes Convention Center. 

Project Description

The 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge focused on the largest Victorian residential district in North America, Boston's historic South End. The site is located at 419 Shawmut Avenue in Boston’s South End neighborhood. Presently the Protestant Episcopal Diocese is located on the selected site. The site measures 75’ x 100’ and overlooks Blackstone Park.  The project was to create at least three individual town homes meeting the required specifications. In addition, one or more small boutique style commercial spaces would be desired. Presently, the area around Blackstone Park has just one prominent commercial use - a restaurant.

Minimum Amenities
Designs are to take advantage of the park view and units are to have high ceilings. There should be parking available to the residents and/or their guests.

Minimum Item/Room Description
• Modern kitchen designed with entertaining in mind
• Master suite with generously sized closets and a spa like bath
• Two Guest Bedrooms with necessary closets and at least one bath that services both rooms
• Living room and dining room that seats 8
• Dinette with ample natural lighting
• Laundry
• Wine storage

Click on the The 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge Competitors to view Results:

First Place:

MMG Studio

600 South Dearborn

Suite 501

Chicago IL 60605

Ph: 574-309-3529


First Floor / Site Plan

Second Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

Fourth Floor Plan

Side Elevation

Second Place:

Millbrook Architects

PO Box 1315

Millbrook NY 12545

Ph: 845-677-0617

Site Plan

Basement Floor Plan

Side Elevation

Entry Detail

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Runners Up:  

Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects

8 Winter St

Boston MA 02108


Interior Floor Plans

Front View

Site Plan

Side Elevation


Meyer & Meyer Architects

396 Commonwealth Ave

Boston MA 02215

Ph: 617-266-0555

Site Plan

Interior Floor Plan

Balcony View


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