Four Corners Development Corporation, Boston, MA
Mixed-income housing in the heart of Boston’s South End historic district.
This 84-unit mixed-income residential complex is located on a one-acre site in the heart of Boston's South End historic district. The winner of a national AIA Honor Award reinterprets characteristic features of the surrounding Victorian neighborhood. This includes the South End’s characteristic block pattern and building elements such as dormers, bays, a variety of roof forms, and a rich palette of multicolored brick, granite, cast stone, and glazed ceramic tile.
The development provides mixed-income housing in the format of a limited equity cooperative. One-third of its units are heavily subsidized low-income units; one-third partly subsidized, from low-income to close-to-market-rate rents; and one-third full-market-rate units. The design made no distinction among its residents—all units were detailed equally and uniformly distributed throughout the complex.
- The Shawmut Avenue frontage was designed as a five-story block with articulated corners at the cross street intersections. The West Springfield and Worcester Street frontages were modeled on the scale of four-story townhouses to reflect the character of the side streets.
- Impressive two-story vaulted entranceways welcome the immediate neighborhood to the south-oriented, central courtyard that provides a sunny, landscaped retreat.
- The courtyard provides both semi-private rear terraces for the first floor units, and much larger public landscaped terraces, seating areas, and lawns shared by the entire residential community.
- The housing was constructed over a below-grade parking structure concealed from the street and a courtyard that raises the first floor, accessed by stoops at each doorway, to match the pattern of South End housing.