McMullen Museum of Art & University Conference Center
Constructed in 1926, the Cardinal’s Residence for the Archdiocese of Boston was expanded and renovated into a modern facility that houses the McMullen Museum of Art and a conference center.
Project PartnersDiMella Shaffer
Boston Preservation Alliance, Preservation Achievement Award, 2017
The Cardinal’s Residence for the Archdiocese of Boston, which was constructed in 1926 and purchased by Boston College in 2004, was expanded and renovated into a modern facility that houses the University Conference Center on the ground-level and the McMullen Museum of Art on the second and third floors.
We provided structural engineering services to DiMella Shafer for the three-story building, which was completed in 2016.
- The building has a structural system of reinforced concrete floor and roof joists supported by a combination of brick bearing walls and an interior steel colonnade.
- Structural renovations included infilling of existing openings, cutting and reinforcing of new openings, reinforcing of the steel colonnade, and raising of the low roof on the west wing.
- The structural steel-framed addition on the east side provides a loading dock, a large-capacity elevator, stairs, bathrooms, and a grand entry lobby for the museum.