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Back Bay Architectural Commission

The Commission will hold its next public hearing on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Please note: This hearing will be held virtually and not in person. To participate, please go to our Zoom Meeting link, or call 301-715-8592 and enter meeting ID 853 6461 0188 #. You can also email comments through email at

Public testimony begins at

Discussion Topics

  1. Design Review - 5:00pm

    21.0535 BB 535 Boylston Street: Installation of exterior ATM.

    21.0537 BB 659-661 Boylston Street: Modify existing rooftop telecommunications facility by replacing existing equipment and adding additional new equipment.

    21.0530 BB 252 Newbury Street: At front facade redesign first-story and lower-level storefronts, and redesign dig-out area with entry stairs from public sidewalk.

    21.0514 BB 118 Commonwealth Avenue: At rear elevation extend fire escape from fourth story to fifth story.

    21.0451 BB 222 Commonwealth Avenue: Re-landscape rear yard and replace fencing, construct rear addition, restore rear elevation and replace windows, construct two steel French balconies and convert two existing windows into doors.

    21.0526 BB 315 Commonwealth Avenue: Restore masonry at front facade and rear elevation; at rear elevation replace existing fire escapes with balconies, add additional balcony, alter fenestration at lower level, create garden and construct garden walls; and at roof add deck, mechanical equipment and redesign existing rooftop structures.

  2. Advisory Review

    761-793 Boylston Street: Construct five-story rooftop addition.

    885 Boylston Street: Replace storefronts at Gloucester Street façade and Boylston Street façade, and add mural to top floors of building.

  3. Administrative Review/Approval

    21.0516 BB 150 Beacon Street: At roof replace rubber membrane roofing in-kind.

    21.0538 BB 151-153 Beacon Street: At front façade replace stone curbing and metal fence in-kind.

    21.0532 BB 170 Beacon Street: At rear elevation repair masonry at rear courtyard.

    21.0528 BB 336 Beacon Street: At front façade replace three third-story one-over-one wood windows in-kind.

    21,0529 BB 534 Beacon Street: At front façade replace five sixth-story non-historic wood windows in-kind.

    21.0507 BB 3 Commonwealth Avenue: Re-point chimney and repair roof.

    21.0513 BB 65 Commonwealth Avenue: Replace twenty-five second-story wood windows in-kind.

    21.0523 BB 254 Commonwealth Avenue: At front façade and rear elevation replace third-story windows in-kind.

    21.0524 BB 261 Commonwealth Avenue: At front facade replace four fourth-story one-over-one non-historic wood windows in-kind.

    21.0531 BB 328 Dartmouth Street: Replace black rubber membrane roofing in-kind and clad existing penthouse in standing seam bronze colored aluminum.

    21.0508 BB 16 Marlborough Street: Install unit pavers at front entry sidewalk.

    21.0510 BB 21-23 Marlborough Street: Repair and re-point masonry, replace copper gutter in-kind, repair Mansard roof, replace deteriorated wood trim in-kind, repaint metal work and repoint chimneys.

    21.0511 BB 24 Marlborough Street: At front facade replace four one-over-one wood windows in-kind.

    21.0509 BB 65 Marlborough Street: Replace skylight in-kind.

    21.0512 BB 33 Newbury Street: At front façade replace existing signage and repaint entry door.

    21.0533 BB 128 Newbury Street: At front façade replace nine one-over-one wood windows in-kind.

    21.0521 BB 201 Newbury Street: At front façade replace glass at existing storefronts.

    21.0522 BB 215 Newbury Street: At front façade replace existing signage.

    21.0534 BB 233 Newbury Street: Install signage at front façade.

    21.0527 BB 329 Newbury Street: At front façade replace existing blade sign.


  4. Ratification of 12-9-2020 Public Hearing Minutes
  5. Staff Updates
  6. Projected Adjournment - 8:00pm