Taj Boston

Taj Boston

Strickland, Blodget, and Law, 1927

Addition: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1981

Childs, Bertman, Tseckares, renovation, 2001

Preservation Achievement Award, 2003 (for renovation of Ritz Hotel)

For generations the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here was a quintessential Boston institution, neither glamorous nor imposing. Of late it wants to be both. Regency blends with art deco in low-relief fans over the second-story windows and the lobby’s plasterwork ceilings. Art deco murals and other details in the café were removed during the 1985 redecoration. Art deco never predominated in Boston, but Strickland, Blodget, and Law used the style effectively in several other buildings: the Katharine Gibbs School at 0 Marlborough Street (the 1929 Junior League Building) and two storefronts at 69 and 83 Newbury Street.

After a decade of ownership by the Taj Hotels of the Tata Group of India, the property was purchased in 2016 by a local investment group. It retains the Taj Boston name.