Project Type

Mixed Use, Office, Retail, Adaptive Reuse

Client

Regency Centers

Status

In Progress

Location

Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Size

60,000 SF

This iconic and beloved collection of buildings is the centerpiece of historic Harvard Square. We were asked to restore and upgrade this gem to meet the needs of modern retail, restaurant and office tenants while retaining the experience of Harvard Square.

The Abbot Building, which anchors the prominent corner of the site and faces directly into Harvard Square, receives restoration of its original curved glass entry, original window configurations and details. We made sure to preserve the memorable “Dewey, Cheetham & Howe” sign from NPR’s Car Talk, a small icon of Harvard Square.

The new infill building complements its historic neighbors while meeting the needs of modern tenants with tall ceilings, abundant natural light, and fantastic views from the 4th floor pavilion. The brick, stone and copper detailing of the remaining building, 18 Brattle Street, is brought back to its original character.

As a Cambridge-based member of the Harvard Square Business Association, we brought an understanding of the need to enhance the unique experience that defines Harvard Square. PCA and Regency Centers listened carefully to the Cambridge community, Planning Department, and Historical Commission to achieve a design that is both elegant and responsive to its context.