Studio Allston Debuts in Boston
Dyer Brown designs boutique hotel showcasing immersive works from local artists
Studio Allston, a 117-key art-centric hotel in Boston, is now open to the public. The Davis Cos., Spot On Ventures (led by hotelier and entrepreneur Robin Brown) and hotel management firm Highgate worked with local architecture firm Dyer Brown to restore and redesign the 1960s-era building.
Twelve contemporary artists were selected to create murals in each guestroom. Wallpaper in standard rooms features one-of-a-kind designs and five of the hotel’s 10 suites were designed as immersive works of art. Most of the displays throughout the hotel are pieces created by local artists and will be rotated regularly in a first-floor gallery. Isenberg Projects, a creative advisory firm also based in Boston, served as Studio Allston’s art director.
Situated on the banks of the Charles River, the hotel was named after 19th century poet and painter Washington Allston, one of America’s early pioneers of the Romantic movement of landscape painting.
“We view the Studio Allston project as an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful, positive contribution to the continued evolution of Allston’s Western Avenue corridor, one of the most dynamic development markets in greater Boston,” says Stephen Davis, vice president of development for The Davis Cos. “Our dream is to create a destination that reflects the energy of the surroundings and stands as a desirable attraction for visitors to this neighborhood and as a valued amenity for those who call this community home.”
Animator and director Maya Erdelyi (whose work is shown above) adds, “It’s a dreamy endeavor to have my art in a hotel room. I wonder how strangers will experience my work in such an intimate setting. I also think it's very cool that a hotel would support local artists in this way.”
The development team also plans to announce a food and beverage partner prior to the opening of the hotel’s lobby restaurant this summer.