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St. Cloud Hotel and Mystic River Bridge Building

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1870, Nathaniel J. Bradlee (St. Cloud Hotel); 1879 (Mystic River Bridge Building); 1987 renovation, Arrowstreet, architect; Chestnut Associates Developer/Eliot Conviser, developer. 567 and 557 Tremont St.
  • St. Cloud Hotel (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Boston gave birth to the American apartment house in the so-called French flats constructed from the late 1850s on. One of the finest surviving, this French flat is French in both name and design. The St. Cloud Hotel's elegant marble-clad front, with stacked oriel windows forming pavilions that terminate with pyramidal mansard roofs, skillfully evokes a Parisian apartment house. Horizontal apartment units here contrasted with the vertical organization of South End town houses. Notice the first-floor storefront with cast-iron columns. In 1987, the St. Cloud and the adjacent brick loft Mystic River Bridge Building were combined and expanded to create condominiums.


Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan



  • 1870

    St. Cloud Hotel built
  • 1879

    Mystic River Bridge Building built
  • 1987


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Keith N. Morgan, "St. Cloud Hotel and Mystic River Bridge Building", [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, 134-134.

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