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Hotel Tuileries and Hotel Lafayette

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1896, McKay and Dunham. 270 Commonwealth Ave. 1895, McKay and Dunham. 333 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Hotel Lafayette (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)
  • Hotel Lafayette (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

These very similar Beaux-Arts-style residential hotels, built within a year of each other by the same firm, reflect the conservatism of fin-de-siècle Boston. Borrowing heavily from McKim, Mead and White's Algonquin Club (BB51) of 1887, each facade is of limestone with a rusticated base (two stories at the Hotel Tuileries, one at the Hotel Lafayette) below multiple floors of variously pedimented window openings, culminating in a heavy entablature. If each elevation suffers from being centered on a pier, this misfortune is mitigated somewhat at the Tuileries by the relative composure of its flat facade, and the triumphal-arch entrance bay ascending into the second story.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Hotel Tuileries and Hotel Lafayette", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 175-176.

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