Thoughtful historic preservation? Check. Smart design process? Check. These are just a few of the praises Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campell heaps on the new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.
The facility incorporates elements of the grounds’ former life as the Ferdinand’s building, built in 1901 and once home to the largest furniture retailer in New England. The new building will house about 150,000 square feet of administrative offices — including for Boston Public Schools, which was recently facing preservation concerns elsewhere in the neighborhood — and ground-floor retail.
The natural light and open interior design isn’t the only element of the Dudley Square municipal building being admired. In what could serve as a foundation for future Boston redevelopment, the city created a Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force of public officials and community leaders who set specific goals for the purpose and impact of the building. ….