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In the South End there is no Separation of Church & Real Estate

Boston is full of unique and beautiful living accommodations but none quite like the new proposed condo building on the site of the former Holy Trinity German Catholic Church and rectory in the South End.  Located at 136 Shawmut, the revived building will consist of 33 condos with a basement garage that would fit 28 vehicles.

The design by architect James Alexander will bring a breath of fresh air to the booming area already containing the massive Troy Boston luxury apartment building and the expansive Ink Block and Sepia complex.  In collaboration with his design team from Finegold Alexander & Associates and in partnership with New Boston Ventures, Alexander’s goal is to preserve the history of the existing structure.

As you can see in the rendering from Finegold Alexander Architects that was part of last week’s Boston Globe article, the condos will be glass and steel and built to look as if they are coming out of the existing church roof.  There is no timeline yet for the 58,000 square foot structure but the proposal is expected to go before the Boston Redevelopment Authority this month.

If the success of the Sepia condos is any indication, the 136 Shawmut project should be well received.  Units at Sepia are selling from $459,900 to over $2 million (according to their website) depending on the floor plan and location within the building and they have sold a majority of the homes in advance of the opening not expected until Fall of this year.

This isn’t the first attempt at a church conversion and it likely won’t be the last in this city rich with phenomenal, vintage architecture that is worth saving instead of replacing.  Anyone looking to live here would certainly be blessed.

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