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Located at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets at the gateway to Boston’s historic Theatre District, the Little Building is the cornerstone of the Emerson College campus. | Photo: © Robert Benson

The Little Building at Emerson College

Firm LocationBoston, United States
CompanyElkus Manfredi Architects
Lead ArchitectRoss Cameron, RIAS, RIBA
Design TeamConstruction: Suffolk | Structural: McNamara/Salvia | MEP, FA/FP, TelData, Security, LEED: Vanderweil Engineers | Civil: Nitsch Engineering | GeoTech: Haley & Aldrich | Historic Preservation: Building Conservation Associates | 3D Fabrication Support: Autodesk Technology Center | Concrete Fabrication: Bétons Prefabrique
ClientEmerson College

The Little Building, built in 1917, is now a cornerstone of Emerson College’s downtown campus. After 100 years, the school needed to make critical repairs to the building’s structure and façade while adding residential capacity. Through a hybrid preservation/restoration process, designers reimagined the historic structure, painstakingly recreating the façade on upper levels, preserving the cast stone where possible, and updating its efficiency and structural integrity. The imaginative restoration advances Emerson’s campus identity while preserving the architectural fabric of the city.