The Brynx

Jamaica Plain, MA

Client

Eden Properties / Samuels & Associates

Program

Adaptive reuse of an historic 1926 nursing / rehabilitation center with two new additions and a new apartment building on adjacent property to create 149-unit residential complex along the Emerald Necklace.

Sustainability

LEED for Homes Gold Anticipated

Challenge

The goal was to creatively re-purpose the historic 1926 Goddard House, a Georgian Revival-style brick building designed by Shepley Bulfinch, overlooking Boston’s Emerald Necklace. A 37-foot grade change, an extremely narrow building footprint and new lateral bracing provided challenges for the building’s reuse for housing.

Solution

PCA worked closely with Eden Properties, Preservation and neighborhood groups to design a viable housing development that would preserve the historic character of the Goddard House and views to the Emerald Necklace parkland. The 150,000 SF development places 110 units in the Goddard House and an additional 39 units in a new building. Amenities for the complex include a roof terrace, fitness room and lounge, as well as storage and repair stations for 160 bicycles and 65 parking spaces.

The two additions and the new building compliment the original structure in scale and exterior building materials, bracing the Goddard House to provide seismic/structural reinforcement and create a usable residential floor plate. The new building extends from South Huntington to the Jamaicaway, taking advantage of the views of the park. Careful siting and landscaping provides a unified transition between the urban development along South Huntington Avenue and the naturalized landscape along the Jamaicaway, meeting both the goals of the City of Boston’s Complete Street Guidelines as well as those of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.