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Spanning two city blocks, the re-envisioned Cole Hersee buildings are the first phase of the 2 million square foot Iron Works development in South Boston, which will add mixed residential, office, and retail spaces to an industrial area of the neighborhood. This initial phase includes two buildings formerly occupied by electrical product manufacturer, the Cole Hersee Company, and has ignited the repositioning of the area by establishing a retail and restaurant destination. The project scope included preserving the buildings’ industrial character and reimagining each façade, including architectural interventions, new windows and storefronts, deployment of graphic murals, and activation of the sidewalk presence for the benefit of the neighborhood and the wider public. The design expanded openings for similar size and proportion, creating entrances for new tenant spaces and adding uniformity between buildings. A color-blocking system for painting the existing brick façades was paired with bold graphic patterning to reproportion the facades and define new tenant zones. The exterior murals envisioned by the design team were executed by local muralist Mark Grundig.

  • Client
  • National Development
  • Collaborators
  • Cranshaw ConstructionSouza, True, & PartnersE3i EngineersRDH Building SciencesC3Groundswell Design GroupKHJ Brand Activation (Now Ten Feet Tall)Graffito SPMark Grundig
  • Photography
  • Bruce T. Martin
  • Awards & Press
  • ARCHITECTS & ARTISANS "IN SOUTH BOSTON, A SENSE OF COOL FOR THE IRON WORKS"