RODE Completes Modern Penthouse Suite for Historic Building in Boston’s Leather District


Lincoln St. Penthouse. Photo by Pat Piasecki


Haley Design GC

Boston –  RODE Architects announced  the completion of a modern 1,200sf  penthouse and roof deck to a  sixth floor condo unit at 108 Lincoln St., a historic old mill building in Boston’s Leather District.

The wood and metal clad penthouse features a master bedroom and bathroom, den with fireplace, and large glass doors to the roof deck with outdoor kitchen. A staircase connects the renovated sixth floor to the penthouse. The mezzanine floor opens between the lower and upper level, allowing natural light from skylights to flood the new kitchen and main living space.

RODE collaborated closely with general contractor Haley Design LLC Build during construction to ensure the integrity of the design was maintained through the detailing. The new addition harnesses the integrity of the old mill building construction with contemporary lines of new architectural elements.

Named for its dominance of the leather industry in the 19th century, the Leather District encompasses nearly 11 acres located between the Financial District and Chinatown in Boston.  The historic neighborhood, which is zoned with a capped rooftop height, required RODE to work through a strict zoning approval and community review process with the Boston Redevelopment Authority before adding the seventh floor penthouse on to the 114 year-old building.

RODE is also working on 107 South St., adding a 1600sf  penthouse to an existing 3200sf  sixth floor condo to create a two-story unit with a solarium and outdoor deck and garden. Additionally, the firm is the associate architect for a new 25-story residential tower at 120 Kingston St. in Boston’s Chinatown directly abutting the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a project that is expected to be complete in 2014. For that project, RODE is providing interior design services for all residential and common spaces. The project includes more than 200 apartments, an amenity floor, retail, and three levels of parking.