Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects announced that construction is underway for La Victoire at 25 Isabella Street, an adaptive reuse project in the heart of the Bay Village neighborhood. Developed by KEMS Corp, the project is set to transform the former Our Lady of Victories Church into an all-electric 18-unit residential development.
La Victoire preserves and restores the historic facade of the original 1891 church with a contemporary infill set back from Isabella Street. The 7-story insertion of high-end condominium units includes two affordable units, and was designed with complementary materials and sleek profiles, including triangular bays inspired by the arched windows of the original nave. Finegold Alexander’s new interventions were designed with significant neighborhood review and input, and the integrity of the neighborhood fabric while creating spaces for modern living with today’s technologies.
“A unique aspect to this project is that no two units are alike. Some are very contemporary while others will have beautifully replicated windows with gothic tracery. We are excited to watch these units come to life,” noted Josephine Penta, senior associate and project manager at Finegold Alexander for La Victoire.
One of the guiding principles of Finegold Alexander’s design for La Victoire was to achieve a highly sustainable project. The building will be all-electric, using air source heat pumps for heating and cooling, and has an envelope designed to exceed energy code requirements. An automated parking system will allow all parking spaces to be EV ready, and ample bicycle spaces are available to residents in a dedicated parking area.