The Mount Vernon Company tossed down the onslaught to its job group, headed by designer Prellwitz Chilinski Associates and Kaplan Construction: Take this unimaginative Mid-Century Modern YWCA, whose spaces balance 125 sf and whose pipes includes a little restroom core in each of its 2 wings, and turn it into the hippest brand-new shop hotel in Boston’’ s South End. And do so while the living quarters were partially inhabited.

Oh, another thing: Do it in 2 stages, so we can open stage 1 throughout the hectic summertime traveler season.


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