The Ames Hotel

Boston, MA | 2009 | 70,000 sf

AMES_525_LowRes edited.jpg

An award-winning adaptive reuse project transformed the historic Ames Office Building into a four-star boutique hotel. Designed by Boston’s Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge and built in 1889, the Ames building is a Romanesque/Byzantine-inspired masonry building and Boston’s first skyscraper.  A complete interior renovation paid homage to the building’s 19th century character while historic elements of the building, including the lobby’s tile vaulted ceiling, the interior stairway and the building exterior, were fully restored to their original splendor. The lighting program celebrates the building’s unique character, including Romanesque arched windows and vaulted mosaic ceiling, while evoking modern luxury, sophistication and convenience.


Normandy Real Estate Partners and Morgans Hotel Group 

ADD Inc., Boston, architect of record
Rockwell Group, Morgans Hotel Group and Cambridge Seven Associates, architecture and interior design

2018 Condé Nast Traveler GOLD LIST Award
2017 Condé Nast Traveler GOLD LIST Award
2010 Preservation Achievement Award: Significant Rehabilitation/Restoration, Boston Preservation Alliance
2009 Preservation Award, Bostonian Society/Boston Historical Society

Photography: Courtesy of the Morgans Hotel Group