Perched along the waterfront at the edge of Pier 4, sits the empty building that once housed Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant. This week Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant could finally see demolition, according to The Boston Globe.
Tishman Speyer, a New York development company now owns the property and has plans to redevelop the area, incorporating it into the vastly expanding Seaport District. A 9-story luxury condominium with 100 units is set to go up in its place at Pier 4.
Surrounding that are plans for a one-acre park at the end of the pier where residents and locals can take advantage of strolls and evenings along the water’s edge. President of site developer Tishman Speyer, Rob Speyer, said, “We need to honor the site’s history by creating something that will be as relevant to the future as [Anthony’s] was to the past.”
Opened in 1963 by Anthony Athanas, an Albanian immigrant, Anthony’s Pier 4 was a staple of the Boston Waterfront. Celebrities like that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and even Julia Child dined at its white table-clothed tables. Celtics players, businessmen, politicians and United States presidents walked through its doors.
Plates of popovers, local seafood dishes and an extensive wine list, made Anthony’s Pier 4 a favorite among locals as well. Overlooking Boston’s harbor, Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant hosted fundraisers, family dinners and business meetings with views of Boston’s harbor teeming with boats and vessels.
At one point in its storied past the restaurant was one of the most profitable restaurants in the nation, bringing in $12 million a year. Three years ago, Anthony’s Pier 4 shuttered its doors to patrons as the family focused on other businesses.
As the demolition of Anthony’s Pier 4 paves the way for new cityscapes, the surrounding Seaport District continues to evolve into a live, work and play neighborhood. Amid the new Pier 4 luxury residences will sit a 13-story, 373,0000-square-foot commercial building and two levels of parking to draw residents from all over Boston to the Seaport District, just as its restaurant predecessor had once done.
Twenty Two Liberty and Fifty Liberty are other luxury condominiums and apartments building up the Seaport District, near the site of GE’s new headquarters in Fort Point.
Crossing Massachusetts Avenue to the tree-lined streets of Harrison Avenue, the Boston Medical Center rises to your right, busy with residents and physicians milling in and out.
Walking down Harrison Avenue, you’re met with an array of businesses, hospitals, brunch spots, and architecturally brilliant churches and brownstones. At 775 Harrison Avenue sits the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the proposed site for a redeveloped 62-unit condominium. This is the second church-to-condo development project within the South End. The first being The Lucas located just Northeast of this property.
As you look to your left and duck into the neighboring offshoots of streets you stumble across some of Boston’s best kept brunch secrets. The South End Buttery is tucked off on one of these small side streets, filled with the clattering of brunch and laughter from local residents. Tremont street dazzles with boutiques and a posh nightlife, housing local favorites like that of the speakeasy Beehive and pizza restaurant Picco. As you make your way back to Harrison Avenue and continue East, to your right sits 600 Harrison Avenue. 600 Harrison Avenue is one of the many new luxury apartment developments planned for Boston’s South End with 160 apartments, an expansive roof deck, retail space and parking.
At the intersection of Harrison Avenue and East Dedham Street begins the proposed Harrison-Albany Corridor, a 14,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of office space with an underground garage. Not yet built, but looking to integrate within the vibrant fabric of the South End neighborhood, the mixed-use space will cover the expanse of several city blocks bringing residential, retail and cultural space to the area. A 19-story South End building could house luxury apartments becoming the tallest new construction in the neighborhood, bringing 710 units to the area.
Residents can’t get enough of Ink Block. Opening in 2017, 76 new luxury units will join Ink Block in Boston’s vibrant South End. Siena will join INK 1, INK 2, INK 3, and Sepia, as Ink Block’s newest addition.
Like that of the previous four buildings, Siena will also have its own distinct charm. Featuring a fully-equipped fitness center, parking garage and rooftop “skyclub lounge” and connecting outdoor roof deck, Siena brings the sense of luxury outdoors. Modern European finishes, high-end contemporary cabinetry and hardwood floors in the living room and kitchen areas accent each unit. Combining high-style architecture and design with sophisticated amenities, Ink Block’s newest building gives residents stunning views of the city skyline and access to its varied shops, restaurants and galleries in the South End neighborhood.
Known for its markets and art galleries, the South End is home to some of Boston’s trendiest restaurants and shops. Spend a day at SOWA market browsing the antiques, local vendors or food trucks. Pick up your groceries from the Whole Foods Market steps from your front door. Find a boutique fitness class at one of Ink Block’s spaces, such as SoulPower Yoga or Shrink Ink. Ink Block also recently welcomed Turnstyle Cycle to its list of businesses taking residence in the building and neighboring city streets.
Find out how you can be a part of the newest residences at Ink Block. Email Advisors Living at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Siena and the other Ink Pads.
“Maisonette” is a French word meaning “little house”, and one of the newest luxury condo buildings planned for the South End will include these such homes. The next part of the new Ink Block property at the site of the old Boston Herald will be a called Siena and house 79 condos. National Development hopes to begin construction by the end of the year with an opening planned for some time in 2017.
Siena will feature first floor units in the maisonette style with lofted ceilings and access directly to the street. This is a concept rarely seen in Boston but has become more popular in NYC more recently where in some cases the 1st floor homes are getting equal value to penthouses in the same building. These particular units are expected to range in size from 600 to 1,200 sq ft and will have plenty of windows for natural light. The plan is for Traveler Street to be lined with these homes when the project is complete. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Ted Tye of National Development said of the unique unit styles, “It’s really taking what could be seen as the least attractive space in a building and making it the most attractive.” Ted also noted that the pricing of the building will range from $500,000 – $2M.
Ink Block had their official opening on May 7th with a party at their roof top pool as you can see in the video, it looked like a good time. As the community continues to grow so with the activity in this neighborhood and people will need to decide if they want to live in street level homes, just steps away from all the action.