The Brynx

Jamaica Plain, MA


Eden Properties / Samuels & Associates


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 Parklands.


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. The interior design challenge was to create a common design language for the amenity spaces and unit interiors across buildings both old and new in a modern, respectful way.

Design 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 parklands. 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 interior design approach reflects the juxtaposition of the buildings’ urban and parkland contexts with a city / nature branding concept. References to nature are expressed in the use of natural materials and artful finishes including abstract floral motifs in the ceilings and wall coverings, botanical references in mosaic tile work, and the organic feel of light fixtures and furnishings. City style is evident in the lively palette and clean lines of furnishings and finishes.

In a play on context, the historic building is furnished in a more modern style, whereas the new building’s furnishings nod to historic charm. Each space is tied back to the other with the use of classic materials and a common design language.