The front door opens right into the light and space, as well as the heat of the tumbled-marble gas fireplace by Porcelanosa straight ahead, with an over-mantel recess handy for artwork or a flat-screen TV.

Built c.1890 by the Boston Wharf Company as one of an aggregate of warehousing, wholesaling and manufacturing buildings in the Fort Point Channel/Seaport district, 355 Congress St. still bears some of the rough edges of its commercial-industrial days. The ghosts of painted-on signs, nicks in the bricks and the clinker-brick corner entrance of the down-low den where Lucky’s Lounge has fed, hosted happy-hour and entertained waves of workers and wanderers for 19 years can still be felt.

But take the old Otis elevator to the fourth floor and step into Residence 402, and an augury of the loft luxury suffusing the brick-and-beam bones of these heavy-duty haunts beams before you. Freshly finished in a white and light-gray palette with recessed lighting, engineered oak flooring and a squeaky-clean quartz kitchen, this 1,410-square-foot two-bedroom unit by Sean Spalding Design of Dorchester capitalizes on the oversized windows, corner exposure and 10-to-10.6-foot ceilings to bring lofty light into the lifestyle of the lucky buyer.

The front door opens right into the light and space, as well as the heat of the tumbled-marble gas fireplace by Porcelanosa straight ahead, with an over-mantel recess handy for artwork or a flat-screen TV.

Illuminated by nine windows, the wide-open living-dining area can be arranged according to your taste with vibrant views of historic Boston Wharf buildings seen from any angle. A contemporary chandelier of four globe-lights on skewed metal rods marks the corner dining area with an “orbs in space” aura.

Complementing the open concept is the tasteful chef’s kitchen where a trapezoidal marble-white quartz island counter (angled to parallel the acute slant of the Congress Street façade, yielding more bar-seating space) sets the scene for food-prep efficiency.

Across from the island’s deep sink with a Grohe gooseneck faucet is a Wolf six-burner gas range set in a marble-white quartz wall counter with matching backsplash amid white and gray laminate cabinetry by Cuisine Idéale of Québec. The Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer-drawers is paneled into the cabinetry across from the island’s Bosch microwave for a quick heat-up of frozen food.

For a private alternative to the open space, a corridor connects the entry area to the bedrooms, first passing by a coat closet and the hot water-heater closet.

The second bedroom at right and the master bedroom at the end are each illuminated by three large windows with deep sills for plants or objets-d’art.

The master bedroom has generous wall space for a king-size bed with night tables and a deluxe flat-screen TV across the room, for which a wall hookup is provided. The walk-in closet allows flexible built-in arrangements.

The master bath boasts a floor of Carrara marble parallelogram and trapezoid tiles recalling the kitchen island, a Carrara marble shower with rain and hand-held showerheads, a two-sink white laminate vanity, frosted cylinder sconces and a marble baseboard.

A short hall with a left-hand washer/dryer closet and a right-hand HVAC closet accesses the second bath across the corridor from the second bedroom.

The bath features a Duravit tub/shower with a rain showerhead and soap/shampoo niche, a mirror with integrated vertical lighting over the quartz vanity, and a marble-tiled floor like the one in the master bath.

Though the common lobby may now look as rough-and-tumble as the old edifice, before too long you’ll be coming home to stylish marble paneling and tiling and a fancy street-address sign, and you’ll forget you’re in a building where B.E. Berman & Sons, Lamson, Hub Stamping & Engraving Co., Fabricators of Metals and Plastics, Smith’s Freight Terminal Office 355, Youluen Smith & Hopkins, and Tremont Electric Lighting Company once did business (so say the signs on the brick). The old Otis elevator will be restored - pressed-metal urn reliefs and all - as a nod to history.

The neighborhood is shifting gears from industry to innovation as much as the unit. Caffe Nero is across the street, Grand Circle Travel is down one door and the Boston Fire Museum and the Boston Children’s Museum are in the area. Bars and restaurants are all around. Downtown and the Financial District are across Fort Point Channel. There are expos, shows and comic-cons at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the other direction, a Trader Joe’s supermarket to come…and don’t forget Lucky’s Lounge down below.

Offered at $1,929,000, Residence 402 at 355 Congress St. re-shapes industry as invention in contemporary urban loft living.

For a private showing, contact Gibson Sotheby’s listing agents: Mary Kelleher (617-821-8875,, Ken Smith (617-592-3249, or Sean Spaulding (917-494-7509,


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