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The Sheraton

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1923, Strickland, Blodgett and Law. 91 Bay State Rd.
  • The Sheraton

Strickland, Blodgett and Law designed this luxury apartment hotel for “those who are accustomed to a cultured home and ample means” (according to a 1923 advertising brochure for The Sheraton in the collections of Historic New England, Inc.). Sensitive to the streetscape, they organized the massive eight-story building into a U shape with horizontal belt courses and ornamented it with the neighborhood's Federal Revival formulas. In 1939, Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore discovered the great expense of replacing the rooftop electric sign, when purchasing this, their third hotel. They decided instead to retain “Sheraton” as their new corporate logo. On weekends in the 1940s, CBS and NBC Radio broadcast well-known bands playing in the rooftop restaurant. Eugene O'Neill, the playwright, lived here from 1951 until his death in 1953; it is now a Boston University dormitory.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "The Sheraton", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-WB6.

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, 199-199.

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