761-793 Boylston Street | Back Bay

whighlander

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BTW, the Crate & Barrel appears to have started life as a very attractive parking garage (h/t to lostnewengland.com):
Great find BronsonShore -- I always enjoy when people can find "lost Boston" pix
A lot of things were different in the Back Bay about 100 years ago -- there were still a couple of stables on Newbury Street
 

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Height, check. Expansive windows, check. Balconies, check. Brick, too orange...needs more of a brown tone, then the brown trim won't stand out so much. Sufficient respect for old facades, check. I also wish for a cornice of some sort, quiet, yet dignified to finish the top.
 

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Yea it's fine. I'd love to see the Capital One building redeveloped at some point. Could be a nice little slim five or six story corner building.
I was thinking the same thing...match the height of the white building across the street at the corner (formerly a Sylvester Stallone attempt at a nightclub).
 

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I was thinking the same thing...match the height of the white building across the street at the corner (formerly a Sylvester Stallone attempt at a nightclub).
What do you mean by "Sylvester Stallone attempt at a nightclub"? This is over my head.
 

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What do you mean by "Sylvester Stallone attempt at a nightclub"? This is over my head.
He is referring to Planet Hollywood, in which Stallone and others, such as Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Schwarzenegger, were investors. The building was originally built for Planet Hollywood, but I think the company filed for bankruptcy before the building was occupied and it became a Fidelity Investor Center instead.
 

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Yea it's fine. I'd love to see the Capital One building redeveloped at some point. Could be a nice little slim five or six story corner building.
There is no way that any new construction on that spot would have better street-level interaction than what's there now.
 

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Needs a stronger cornice and stronger corners, but otherwise ok. I'm just glad they're preserving the existing facades.
 

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Am I wrong thinking NABB can comment (as is the right of any private citizen), but they don't actually have jurisdiction? Boylston is outside their veto power, right?
 

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Am I wrong thinking NABB can comment (as is the right of any private citizen), but they don't actually have jurisdiction? Boylston is outside their veto power, right?
Anything North of Boylston, including this property, is in the Back Bay Architectural District, so it'll at minimum require an approval from The Back Bay Architectural District Commission (BBAC). Unsure about NABB.
 

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I'll be sad to the C&B go. It was my go-to for furniture when I lived in the area. For heavier pieces, they'd always let me borrow a dolly or some other wheeled contrivance to get it to my place. There aren't many options for simple, attractive, and reasonably affordable furnishings in walking distance.
 

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Anything North of Boylston, including this property, is in the Back Bay Architectural District, so it'll at minimum require an approval from The Back Bay Architectural District Commission (BBAC). Unsure about NABB.
Yeah. BBAC will have to approve. NABB will have input, but does not have veto power.
 

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