Wheelwright and Haven, 1901
National Register of Historic Places
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society was founded in 1829 to advance the knowledge and practice of horticulture. After leaving its exuberant French Second Empire building on Tremont Street at Montgomery Place, it occupied its new headquarters for a century. The grandiose English Baroque façades boast overscale pilasters, garlands, and wreaths. The brick of the giant corner pilasters has been set in the manner of large rusticated stones. It is an appropriate partner to the more sedate Symphony Hall across the street.
Acquired by the Christian Science Church in 1992, the building serves as a commercial office building today, housing organizations including Boston Magazine and the New England Conservatory of Music. The Mass Horticultural Society is now headquartered at Elm Bank in Wellesley.