BOSTON– Shawmut Design and Construction announce a major milestone in the renovation of the historic The Langham, Boston hotel: the concept for the destination restaurant, GRANA.
GRANA will be set in what was once the grand hall of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which dates back to 1922 and whose façade was designated as a Boston Landmark in 1978. Shawmut, in partnership with Dyer Brown Architects and interior designer Richmond International, is restoring the original glamour of the space while bringing it into the modern world.
“We are thrilled to announce this significant milestone in the re-development of The Langham, Boston,” said Randy Shelly, executive vice president of hospitality, Shawmut Design and Construction. “The Langham is a landmark property in Boston and has been the backdrop for so many special occasions. We’re looking forward to unveiling the renovated hotel, using our team’s expertise to restore, honor, and update the property in the heart of the city.”
The perimeter of the ceiling was retained and restored to show off the original decorative box trims and ornate plaster florals, which have been adorned with new gold leaf. The original brass Federal Reserve seal that was originally embedded when the bank first opened in 1922, remains at the center of the room, embedded in the terrazzo flooring, which Shawmut restored and infilled as needed and color-matched to the original floor. The soaring ceilings, ornate moldings and fixtures, new, lush velvet furniture and world-class art collection will be complemented by a menu of Italian family-style meals served in a comfortable, yet glamorous setting, reminiscent of an afternoon in Italy. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2021.
The renovation, which began in 2019, will reflect the rich history and highlight the building’s architectural elements. The project, spanning across the 288,000 square feet of the hotel, includes a renovation of all 312 guest rooms, eight two-floor loft suites, and The Chairman’s Suite, which will include a spacious living room, dining room, pantry and a grand piano. In addition to GRANA, the renovation includes the creation of the Club Lounge, a new private club space on the 8th floor, and a street level cocktail pub, The Fed. The guest room corridors, lobby and meeting spaces will see new finishes, millwork, and furniture.