Cambridge, MA – Nauset Construction recently completed the transformation of the historic 1870 Whitney, Lucretia and Henry Building into a 67-key boutique luxury hotel located in Central Square in Cambridge.
907 Main developers Sean Casey, LLC and Hay Creek Hotels hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 23 to celebrate its opening with city, neighborhood and business representatives in attendance, including City Manager Louie De Pasquale, Police Commissioner Branville Bard, and Mike Monestime, executive director of the Central Square BID.
907 Main is situated in Lafayette Square within the Central Square District of the National Register of Historic Places. Nauset and the design team worked closely with the Cambridge Historical Commission to preserve the building’s historic character, including the restoration of the original concrete and masonry building façade.
Nauset and its team of skilled subcontractors also constructed a four-story addition that blends seamlessly with the existing historic 1870 structure. The addition, clad with metal panels and fly-ash composite trims, houses a two-bedroom penthouse suite as well as the Blue Owl rooftop restaurant, which features a 1150sf rooftop terrace with spectacular skyline views of the city, due to open this spring.
The hotel also features a 2,000sf ground-level floor patio (also coming in spring of 2021) that includes a boozy milkshake shack. The historic, adaptive reuse project is designed to meet LEED-certifiable requirements.
The hotel features an eclectic blend of gastronomic delights. In addition to the Blue Owl, 907 Main is home to The Dial restaurant and bar, complete with a walkout patio and private dining as well as the soon-to-be opened French bakery Praliné, and the iconic Toscanini’s Ice Cream, scheduled to open next year. The brand identity and interiors were created with direction from Hay Creek Hotels and designed by Gensler Boston (with Boyes-Watson as the architect of record). Each venue within 907 Main was created to reflect the freewheeling culture and art of the Central Square neighborhood. Guest rooms were designed to pay homage to the original architecture, showcasing original brick walls and bay windows.
Just steps from the MBTA Red Line Central Square stop, this transit-oriented development is within walking distance to both Harvard Square and Kendall Square.