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Back Bay Architectural Commission

The Commission will hold its next monthly public hearing virtually on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 4 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 840 5057 5893#. You can also email comments through email at blc@boston.gov.

Public testimony begins at

Discussion Topics

  1. Violations Committee - 4:00pm

    362 Commonwealth Avenue (a/k/a 86 Massachusetts Avenue): Unapproved window and exterior signage.

    362 Marlborough Street: Unapproved rooftop HVAC equipment.

    9-11 Marlborough Street: Unapproved replacement of three entry doors.

  2. Design Review - 5:00pm

    22.1338 BB 370 Commonwealth Avenue: At front façade temporary installation of faux wisteria vine; and installation of planters at railings of Massachusetts Avenue patio.

    23.0049 BB 745 Boylston Street: At front façade replace storefront and install new signage.

    22.1392 BB & 22.1429 BB 316 Newbury Street: At side (Hereford Street) elevation install awning, add pick-up window at existing window opening, and install menu board and buzzer.

    23.0060 BB 301 Beacon Street: At front façade remove section of garden fence and install fire connection.

    23.0071 BB 334 Marlborough Street: Install gate at side entrance, and repair stone trim.

    22.1333 BB 207 Commonwealth Avenue: At roof replace black rubber membrane roof and roof deck in-kind, and add black iron railing to deck.

    22.0080 BB 238-240 Commonwealth Avenue: 238 Commonwealth Avenue - restore exterior (clean and repoint masonry; replace windows, copper gutters/downspouts and slate in-kind; and remove front and rear fire escapes); erect copper clad roof top addition with sunken front deck and rear deck; add skylight; construct rear garden wall and add tree; add new brick + cobblestone border at rear parking court; add front garden iron fence (tree to remain).

    240 Commonwealth Avenue: restore exterior (clean and repoint masonry; restore leaded windows; replace windows, copper cladding at rear bay, copper gutters/downspouts and slate in-kind; and remove front and rear fire escapes); add new balconies (at recess between buildings) with new French doors in modified window openings; erect copper clad roof top headhouse, elevator override, roof deck, and add skylights; install new rear garage door; add new brick + cobblestone border at rear parking court with landscaping; add new front garden iron fence (tree to remain).

    22.1387 BB 260 Clarendon Street, Clarendon Street Playground: Renovate and add improvements to existing playground. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT

  3. Administrative Review/Approval

    23.0051 BB 5 Arlington Street: Replace four first story non-original wood windows in-kind.

    23.0006 BB 120 Beacon Street: At front façade replace four fifth story six-over-six wood windows in-kind, and at rear elevation replace three fifth story one-over-one wood windows in-kind.

    23.0034 BB 125 Beacon Street: At front façade replace copper downspout in-kind.

    23.0018 BB 265 Beacon Street: At front façade replace copper elbows and roof slate in-kind.

    23.0073 BB 279-281 Beacon Street: Replace black rubber membrane roof in-kind; replace existing skylight with two smaller skylights; repair and repaint entry steps; and repaint railings and window trim.

    23.0055 BB 647 Boylston Street: At front façade install wall signage at bay.

    22.1357 BB 855 Boylston Street: At front façade replace signage at entry.

    23.0054 BB 54 Commonwealth Avenue: At front façade replace five twelve-over-twelve second story non-original wood windows in-kind; and at rear elevation replace two eight-over-eight second story non-original wood windows in-kind.

    23.0031 BB 68 Commonwealth Avenue: At front façade repair and repaint front entry steps and garden curbing.

    23.0013 BB 124 Commonwealth Avenue: At roof rebuild chimney.

    23.0015 BB 191 Commonwealth Avenue: At front façade repoint masonry.

    23.0081 BB 257 Commonwealth Avenue: Replace twenty wood windows and two wood French doors in-kind.

    23.0024 BB 416 Commonwealth Avenue: Replace three two-over-two non-original windows with wood two-over-two windows.

    23.0056 BB 20 Hereford Street: Install nine storm windows.

    22.1314 BB 9 Marlborough Street: At front façade repair entry steps and repair masonry.

    23.0085 BB 26 Marlborough Street: At rear elevation repaint bay and shed black.

    23.0028 BB 119 Marlborough Street: At front façade replace slate, copper cutter and fascia boards in-kind.

    23.0012 BB 440 Marlborough Street: At front façade repoint masonry.

    23.0067 BB 6 Newbury Street: At front façade repair storefront damaged by vehicular accident.

    23.0063 BB 126 Newbury Street: Replace granite pavers and expand tree beds (all existing trees to remain).

    23.0032 BB 201 Newbury Street: At front façade replace wall signage.

  4. Ratification of 7-13-2022 Public Hearing Minutes
  5. Staff Updates
  6. Projected Adjournment - 7:30pm
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