See for yourself as you step onto the unit's rift oak floor, hang up your coat in the closet with full dressing hall and experience the soar of the great room and its multipaned windows. Restored to their historical appearance, they were tall for their time.
Nobly named for Gleason L. Archer, founding president of Suffolk University and the Suffolk Law School, The Archer at 45 Temple St. reinvents his original law-school campus as Beacon Hill’s fullest-service condominium.
Developed by Center Court Mass LLC of Boston and designed by the architectural team of Chelsea and LDa Architecture & Interiors of Cambridge, this makeover/merging of Suffolk’s 1921 Gleason L. & Hiram J. Archer Building, 1924 C. Walsh Theatre and the 1966 Frank J. Donahue Building offers a wide range of high-end amenities, including, but not limited to courtroom-caliber great rooms, a law-firm-quality boardroom, a legal-network-worthy clubroom and a roof terrace where you’ll be sitting on top of the Hill.
Unit 409 exemplifies these high-court characteristics with 16-foot ceilings in sun-splashed spaces, fine finishes and fixtures along with A-plus appliances and a merging of the Archer’s classicism and the Donahue’s modernism into a unity of upscale living.
See for yourself as you step onto the unit’s rift oak floor, hang up your coat in the closet with a full dressing hall and experience the soar of the great room and its multipaned windows. Restored to their historical appearance, they were tall for their time.
Today, their courtly command gives the great room and primary bedroom comprehensive vertical views from the low scale of Temple Street’s brick rowhouses to the high-rise of the John W. McCormack State Office Building.
The eastern sun’s rise above the rooftops and the western sun’s reflection off the McCormack Building’s broad bay windows bring all-day brightness into those spaces. A gas fireplace warms the great room. Clean-lined baseboards, door/window casings with corner panels and square LED recessed lighting add classic/contemporary accents.
The open kitchen begins with a Carrara marble island counter with classic white paneling, toe-kick-level LED lighting, an Asko dishwasher, wine cooler, sink with a copper gooseneck faucet and two pendant lights of bubble-glass shielding twin tungsten bulbs.
The marble wall counter has a Wolf six-burner gas cooktop and a backsplash of elongated hexagonal tiles – all surrounded by a vent hood and wooden china cabinetry with glass shelves and recessed lights.
The walnut cabinetry/appliance center along the right-hand wall is built-in with a Sub-Zero refrigerator with full-height freezer and a Wolf espresso machine, microwave, beverage cooler drawers and double oven. A walk-in pantry with multiple appliance outlets is in between the walls.
The powder room off the kitchen unifies the marble wall-mount sink, brushed copper fixtures, a circular mirror with embedded ring of light and a commode along a wood-look ceramic tile wall with side cove accent lighting. An oaken cabinet with automatic light is handy.
Right of the great room and the unit entry is the primary bedroom suite. There, the bedroom reprises the great room’s ceiling and window heights for maximum cathedral effect. (All three tall windows are prewired for Lutron motorized window treatments.)
A walk-in closet with three sides of coatrack space is handy.
The en suite bath is arranged on an L-shaped marble-tile floor bordering a deluxe white/gray marble shower with copper rain, fixed and hand-held showerheads. The gray marble is repeated on the twin-sink vanity with rift oak drawers, which are complemented with a stack of oaken cabinets. The vanity and cabinet tower have floor-level LED strips for accent lighting and finding your way around in the dark.
Across the great room, the three other bedrooms are arranged along a hall in a separate section for privacy’s sake. All are illuminated by vertical tri-pane casement windows looking onto Temple Street.
The sizable second bedroom has three such windows and the adjacent smaller third bedroom can be a home office.
The fourth bedroom is contained in its own suite, complete with walk-in closet and Carrara marble bath.
Serving all three bedrooms are a full laundry center with an Asko washer and dryer, a large linen closet and a guest bath.
Serving the entire complex are personalized white-glove services and amenities unprecedented for Beacon Hill. The humongous fitness and wellness center contain a plethora of Life Fitness exercise equipment and free weights with Wright Fit personal trainers on hand to customize your cardio.
The pet spa features an elevated dog-washing area with “WOOF” spelled out in the mosaic tilework. Similarly, the children’s playroom spells out “PLAY” and “STORY” in giant letters – some with the kids’ sitting space or toy/book cubbies. The playroom also has a sink for post-artwork cleanup.
The fancy boardroom can be rented for conferences, birthday parties, etc. The lavishly furnished clubroom, which features a two-way gas fireplace extending into the welcoming lobby with 24-hour concierge, has coffee, tea and newspapers on hand for morning windups or evening wind-downs. It can also be reserved for private functions.
The bike storage room entitles each resident to two bike racks. Valet parking is available in an onsite underground garage.
The 4,800-square-foot roof terrace is fully equipped for spring/summer socials of all sorts with two grills, two firepits, a freestanding gas fireplace, a kitchenette, three high-top tables, a communal dining table, chaise lounges surrounded by planters of trees and a breathtaking panorama of Boston – old and new from the Zakim Bridge at one end to the Massachusetts State House at the other. They are especially stunning when lit up at night.
The luxury extends onto one of Beacon Hill’s widest sidewalks and quietest streets – a legacy of local architect James McNeely and then Mayor Kevin White, who dedicated it as Temple Walk in 1977. Since then, neighbors have enriched it with sycamore and linden trees and colorful flowers, extending the urban beauty into Temple Park across the street.
Temple Walk is a safe pedestrian access to shopping, dining, the library, hospitals and three subway lines at one end and the State House and Boston Common at the other.
Offered at $6,499,000, Unit 409 at The Archer is a court of honor for honorable luxury living. For more information, contact Kevin Caulfield of Compass at 617-501-3685 or email@example.com.