“Restoration Hardware, a California chain that sells luxury furniture and home decor, said it has signed a lease for the historic building at 234 Berkeley St. in Boston, once home to the swank LouisBoston clothing store. The site is located between Boylston and Newbury streets. The building has a neoclassical façade and was designed in the French Academic style by architect William G. Preston, Restoration Hardware said in a press release. It was built in 1863, and it was the long-time home of the New England Museum of Natural History. It currently has more than 40,000 square feet of space. The building’s ownership group is S.R. Weiner & Associates and WS Development. Last year, LouisBoston relocated to new space on the South Boston Waterfront. The new location is near the Institute of Contemporary Art. Restoration Hardware has yet to announce when it will open its store on Berkeley Street.”
Well, it looks official and I am excited to see this building being brought back to life. If you know Boston, you know this building and when LouisBoston left, you were probably curious to what was going to take residence here. Recently there has been a lot of buzz about the property the last 2 weeks as scaffolding has gone up and the Suffolk Construction signs got posted. I wonder if Restoration is going to purely keep this a retail store or if they may incorporated a restaurant like LouisBoston did. I’d be interested if anyone has heard any talk of this?
Can’t wait to see the end product!