Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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There's history, and then there's history. As a relatively young country, our architectural legacy doesn't have a long tail—at least when it comes to our urban dwellings. Many of our loveliest older buildings were felled before preservation-minded folks put protections in place. These days, we're better at saving our historic neighborhoods, and that's largely a good thing. But sometimes an old building really does need replacement—if it's function- ally obsolescent and architecturally and historically undistinguished, or its condition is irretrievable. All were true for the previous house on this site in Boston's storied Beacon Hill neighborhood. The area has held landmark status since the mid-1960s, and a historic review board asserted dominion over the neighborhood a good 10 years prior to that. Great timing, because that era was especially hard on significant old buildings across the country. "Progress" was often accompanied by the wrecking ball. Architect David Hacin, FAIA, loves progress as much as the next architect and his firm has done its share of contemporary work, but he is especially adept at the kind of contextual work that honors the past while moving the design conversation forward at the same time. It was for just this reason that the clients for this project—the first new house to be built in Bos- ton's Beacon Hill neighborhood in 50 years—came to David. A Beacon on the Flat The first new house in 50 years in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is a meticulous reinvention. BY S. CLAIRE CONROY ARCHITECT: HACIN + ASSOCIATES BUILDER: HOLLAND COMPANIES LOCATION: BOSTON 32 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 CASE STUDY

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