Revere Hotel Boston Common has taken the wraps off a $28 million transformation by Dawson Design Associates (DDA). The Seattle-based hospitality design firm drew inspiration from American Revolution icon Paul Revere to redesign the Back Bay neighborhood hotel, including its lobby, accommodations, rooftop pool and 42,000 sq. ft. of event space. The result is what project participants describe as an abstract modern interpretation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famed poem about Revere, incorporating symbolism of his midnight ride through the city’s downtown.
“We wanted to create a truly Boston venue, one that would capture and reflect the city’s rebellious spirit and independent attitude while speaking to its very relevant dissenting political past,”says Andrea Sheehan, principal and art director at DDA, and cover subject (with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s Jon Bortz) of the March 2017 edition of Boutique Design magazine.“Social, fun and engaging, it is an artistic interpretation of Longfellow’s iconic poem with a very modern day aesthetic and slant. Travelers used to collect things, now they collect experiences. Our passion is to deliver authentic experiences to our guests that are both meaningful and relevant to the city in which they are located.”
At the upscale hotel’s Stuart Street entrance, the revamped lobby features a steampunk lantern sculpture suspended over the front desk that was fabricated from vintage colonial-style lanterns and produced by local artist (and April 2016 Boutique Design cover subject) Bruce Rosenbaum. The space is also decked out with custom artwork, including a wall-to-wall mural depicting the Boston Massacre, a life-size sculpture of Revere’s horse created from recycled materials, and stained-glass panels inspired by the Old North Church. The new lobby bar is wrapped in pounded copper panels.
All of the hotel’s 356 guest rooms, including 50 suites, have been transformed with metallic, leather and rustic finishes that project participants say reflect Revere’s rebellious spirit and honor his legacy as a master craftsman. New work stations and furnishings, all of which were custom designed and produced for the property, were also added.
The reimagined rooftop pool and lounge features a full bar and newly added outdoor and poolside seating options. Private event and meeting spaces throughout the property—which is managed by locally based Pyramid Hotel Group—have also been redefined, including a renovation of its Grand Master Ballroom and the addition of a Silver Ballroom.