Boston’s Skyline-Defining Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residence is Now Complete

Photos Courtesy of Four Seasons One Dalton Street, Boston

Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston, a new five-star hotel and luxury condominium in the city’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, is now complete and stands as the tallest residential building in New England, and the tallest building constructed in Boston in over 40 years. Open to hotel guests and residents, One Dalton has become a transformative presence on the Boston skyline, and the preeminent address in the city – a legacy of the late architect Henry N. Cobb, a Boston native and founding partner with of the distinguished Pei Cobb Freed architecture firm, who designed the building before passing away last spring at the age of 93. 

Cobb’s illustrious career also includes Boston’s tallest building, then known as the John Hancock Tower (now 200 Clarendon Street) and completed in 1976, meaning Cobb designed the last two tallest buildings built in his home city, decades apart. At One Dalton, working with local architecture firm Cambridge Seven Associates, Cobb crafted a modern skyscraper inspired by both Boston’s storied history as well as its progressive future. Its “soft triangle” sculptural form rises from a strong granite base and strategically creates sweeping views while reducing corridors, to offer residents ultimate privacy. Cobb designed unique operational architectural bay windows to be rooted in Back Bay tradition and create multidirectional panoramas while maintaining a sleek and clean facade. 

The 160 private residences, occupying the top floors of the 61-story tower, have resonated deeply with buyers, breaking numerous records for Boston residential real estate. In 2020 alone, 7 of Boston’s top 10 most expensive sold homes were located at One Dalton, and 14 of the top 25. Sales have remained strong despite the pandemic, with over $200 million in closed transactions since March 2020, as luxury homeowners seek out full-service residences with more spacious and flexible layouts. Limited inventory allowing for immediate occupancy is available, ranging from one-bedroom homes to a duplex penthouse with grand private outdoor space currently on the market for $37 million. 

“Unlike any skyscraper ever built in Boston, One Dalton elevates the architectural reputation and standard of luxury living in this city to new heights,” said Richard L. Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter & Company, lead developer of One Dalton. “We are grateful to have worked closely with Harry Cobb, one of the world’s greatest architects, on the tower that cements his incredible legacy in Boston and anchors the ‘High Spine’ of the Back Bay. Watching this tower make its mark on Boston has been extremely rewarding, and we’re pleased to continue seeing such a positive response.”

 The private residences atop the 215-room five-star Four Seasons Hotel enjoy the full services and amenities of this new Boston flagship from the world’s leading hospitality brand. Residents enjoy a private porte-cochere entrance and staffed lobby designed by Thierry Despont, the French-born, Harvard-educated architect and interior designer known for his work on iconic landmarks including the Ritz Paris, Woolworth Building and Statue of Liberty. Despont also designed a private residents’ club on the building’s 50th floor, known as 50/50, commanding unobstructed views of the city, Charles River, Boston Harbor and out to the Berkshire Mountains and shores of Cape Cod. Additionally, more than 20,000 square feet of amenities space managed by Four Seasons include an indoor 65-foot lap pool, fitness center designed by The Wright Fit, signature spa with massage and treatment rooms, yoga and Pilate’s studios, golf simulator room with wet bar, theater and performance room, meeting facilities and a pet washing and grooming station. Residents also receive priority access to the hotel’s restaurants, which include Zuma, the world-class contemporary Japanese restaurant, one + One, managed by Four Seasons, and Trifecta, a lively cocktail bar. 

Noted landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, whose eponymous firm is headquartered in Boston, has also completed Dalton Park, a 5,000-square-foot public park that connects the building with its prestigious surrounding neighborhood. One Dalton also features a bespoke collection of gallery worthy art curated by the team of Bostonian art consultants at Kate Chertavian Fine Art, including pieces by Duke Riley, Yinka Shonibare, Jennie C. Jones, and James Stroud, as well as several commissions created specifically for the development.

 Nestled in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, One Dalton is just moments from the area’s beloved boutiques, galleries, museums, cultural institutions, cafés, and restaurants, including Newbury Street, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and Symphony Hall. Boston’s multitude of green spaces, such as the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Back Bay Fens and the Charles River Esplanade are also close by. One Dalton is conveniently located near the Back Bay Amtrak rail station, and minutes from Logan International Airport, which offers nonstop flights to over 50 international cities. 

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