ABOUT

ABOUT LANDMARK CENTER
The Landmark Center is located at the intersection of Park Drive and Brookline Avenue, where the Riverway and the Back Bay Fens, two links of the Emerald Necklace park system designed in the 19th century by Fredrick Law Olmstead, meet. Designed by George C. Nimmons, Landmark was built in 1929 for Sears Roebuck and Company Mail Order Store and is a cast in place concrete structure with masonry cladding. For nearly sixty years it served as a warehouse and distribution center. Of Art Deco design and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Landmark Center consists of an 8-story main structure and features a 200-foot-tall, 14 story tower. The building’s main floor plates are quite large – over 4 acres each.

After the closing of Sears, Landmark Center was redeveloped by architecture and planning firm Bruner Cott & Associates under the Abbey Group management company. The new design cut two six-story atria into the Sears structure, creating a “figure-eight” floorplan and filling the space with natural light. The six upper floors are now offices with “traditional” 80-foot deep floor plans. The newly designed interior reflects the historic, art deco exterior. Yellow brick and Indiana limestone set the background for the new atria, interwoven with materials original to the building: faux (and genuine) Travertine, green marble, and a beautiful new French Limestone. Walking into the building, the skylight’s slanted planes make a dramatic presence within the space. Landmark prides itself on being an extremely energy-efficient building, with ultra-high efficiency heating and cooling equipment and computer controlled and monitored individual HVAC units. The newly designed Landmark Center reopened in fall 2000.

The property now houses retail (including Bed Bath & Beyond, R.E.I. and Staples), a 14-screen movie theater, a health club and day care center. The upper floors of the building are office space occupied by tenants related to the medical field and the nearby Longwood Medical and Academic area. Office tenants include Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute and Harvard School of Public Health. 

Between 2015 and 2017, the 8th floor of the building was home to Hatch Fenway - a launch pad for scaling companies with disruptive ideas. This dynamic community offered a range of workspaces for growing innovation companies and took on the modern spirit of this twentieth-century industrial hub, fast becoming Boston’s next hotbed for entrepreneurs. 


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