Hovey House Restored

Hovey House Restored

Hovey House, the 120-year-old Chestnut Hill mansion that is home to the Center for International Studies and several History faculty offices, has received a facelift.

Extensive renovations completed this summer at the Hammond Street property have upgraded the interior and burnished the 19th-century charm of the stately brick manor that Boston College has owned since 1971.

A basement conference room has been added to the restored Hovey House. (Lee Pellegrini photo)
Twenty-thousand square feet of much-needed office space have been added to the basement, and a conference room with seating for 18 has been established on the first floor. Access for the handicapped has been added by way of a ramp laid in brick along the landscaped side patio.

Upstairs on the second and third floors, walls have been freshly painted, new ceilings have been installed, and improvements have been made to fire alarms, sprinklers and heating and air conditioning systems.

In period detailing, more than a third of the balusters have been replaced on the grand stairway, and hanging lamps have been installed that resemble 19th-century gas lights.

The renovation is being completed a year after its Hammond Street neighbor, Connolly House, had its own grand re-opening after a major renovation, noted Assistant Director of Planning and Development Donald Woodring.

"We were able to take a very elegant building and maintain its quality," he said of the latest renovation. "Hovey House and Connolly House are two very nice buildings that we have sought to maintain in the spirit of the neighborhood."

-Mark Sullivan

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