We will be proud to call Boston home early this summer as we open our doors on the corner of Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The historic, eight-block street embodies a rich urban and retail environment, featuring a mix of locally-owned boutiques, international retailers and restaurants. This will be Room & Board’s first store in New England and 13th in the U.S.
Our future home was built by the estate of Henry Lee in 1908. Today it is recognized as part of the Back Bay Historic District. The building has served many functions over the years, including a stable for horses that pulled the city’s carriages, an indoor golf course, a Ford Motor Company dealership and pharmacy. Most recently, it was home to multiple office and commercial tenants.
Room & Board teamed up with design firm Gensler on the store’s interior design. Construction crews have been working around the clock to restore the historic building while honoring its integrity.
In addition to preserving the building’s charm, we have made structural enhancements. This includes a modern glass structure in the rear of the building along with a quaint, second-floor terrace and sidewalk area. When all is said and done, the five-level showroom will feature 39,000 square feet of design inspiration.
Room & Board has hired 27 Design Associates to work in the showroom and 21 staff members at the local delivery center in Billerica, Mass. With 10,500 customers (and counting) in the Boston area, we look forward to opening a store in this historic, design-centric community.
We hope you’ll come visit us in Beantown! Stay tuned for updates regarding our official opening date.
Photos by Room & Board