- Project Name
- The Speedway
- Bruner/Cott & Associates
- Architectural Heritage Foundatin (AHF Boston)
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- 20,000 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
Jason Jewhurst, AIA, Principal-in-Charge
Henry Moss, AIA, Principal, Design & Preservation
Christopher Nielson, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, Project Manager
General Contractor: D.F. Pray Contractors,Electrical Engineer: BLW Engineers (MEP/FP),Structural Engineer: Silman,Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering,Landscape Architect: Klopfer Martin Design Group,Other: MacRostie Historic Advisors (Preservation),Other: R.W. Sullivan (Code),Lighting Designer: Lewis Lighting,Other: Boston Light and Sound (Acoustics),Geotechnical Engineer: GEI,Other: Kalin Associates (Specifications)
- Project Status
The Charles River Speedway has been reimagined as a new complex to support a variety of commercial spaces and serve as a new gateway to the Allston-Brighton Neighborhood. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Boston Historic Landmark. An irregular roofline connects six shingle-style buildings, creating a single-story courtyard. The arched gable entrances, porches, double hung windows and elaborate wood trim create an overall composition characteristic of William D Austin’s architectural work for the Metropolitan Park Commission.
The Speedway was constructed in 1899 by the Metropolitan Park Commission as a headquarters to support the new parkway along the Charles River, a park that turned a stretch of tidal mudflats into an interconnected series of public parks. This development included a mile-long horse and bicycle racetrack, which became one of the city’s most popular gathering areas. In later years, the facility housed the now-defunct Metropolitan District Commission Police. Many of the original horse stables were extended and converted into vehicular garages to support the agency. Since 2005, the facility had been largely abandoned. Portions of the building have begun to decay; one section suffered a fire.
Bruner/Cott worked alongside Architectural Heritage Foundation to revitalize and preserve the historic complex. The Speedway now supports a diverse tenant mix including small retail shops and maker spaces, shared offices, a restaurant, café, a publicly-accessible community courtyard, and anchor tenant Notch Brewing.