Converse World Headquarters

1907The Architectural Team with Jennifer Carpenter Architect, renovation, 2015

Preservation Achievement Award, 2016

The Hoffman Building has served over the last century as headquarters for the Submarine Signal Company, as a cold storage warehouse for the Schrafft Confectionary Co., as loft space, and as offices. Over time, the building was altered and then, left to deteriorate for decades, as did the wharf. Jointly called Lovejoy Wharf, the sight sadly became an eyesore at an important gateway to the city.

Attracted by the prominent location and historic structure, a developer successfully restored the Hoffman Building in 2015, adding a glass addition to the top. Converse, an old Boston-area shoe company now owned by Nike made this their global headquarters when they moved in to the city from the northern suburbs.

With adjacent residential construction and a new, accessible public wharf to complete the redevelopment of the site, travelers crossing the North Washington Street Bridge and exploring the Freedom Trail are once again welcomed by this prominent anchor of the neighborhood.

Source: Boston Preservation AllianceImages: Jennifer Carpenter Architect; Gustav Hoiland, Boston Preservation Alliance