Home furnishing company Restoration Hardware Holdings (RH) has opened its new store, The Gallery, at the former Historic Museum of Natural History at 234 Berkeley Street in Boston, Massachusetts, US.
The building was originally designed by architect William Preston in 1862 as a home of Boston Society for Natural History before it was moved to the present location in 1949 and renamed as the Museum of Science.
Keeping sight of the historical significance of the building, the 40,000ft² structure has been completely restored by stripping back structural modifications, mezzanine levels, and pedestrian elevators.
RH said the space has been redesigned consistent with its original vision as a museum and the park-like setting is framed by Berkeley, Boylston and Newbury Streets.
Designed by architect James Gillam, a pavilion of glass and steel will act as a new entrance on Newbury Street.
The landscape has been restored and preserves the original flowering magnolia trees, including new brick paths and a soon-to-be outdoor sculpture garden.
The interior of the building features a central atrium and a steel-caged glass elevator.
The third level of the building features the Indoor Conservatory and Park with reproduction heritage olive trees, a 24ft illuminated steel Eiffel Tower discovered at the Paris flea market, and the first Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley wine bar outside of its original Yountville, California, location.
The third floor will also accomodate four clubrooms named the Billiards Room, the Music Room, the Library and the Cinema.
The development will also include a RH Baby & Child Gallery on the East Coast in the building’s restored subterranean level.
RH chief executive officer Carlos Alberini said that the company received support from Boston’s city officials and other local and state organisations during the development process.
Boston mayor Thomas Menino said, "Through collaborative efforts and partnership, RH has restored a piece of history for Boston’s residents and visitors."
Image: The Gallery is the second building to be erected in Boston’s Back Bay. Photo: Courtesy of Dragoonkain at English Wikipedia.