Sector: Historic Restoration

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Commodore Builders completed the 31,500 SF historic restoration of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist’s monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project, which was six years in the making, restored Saint John’s monastery and the connected chapel and guest house through extensive interior and exterior improvements. Prior to construction, Commodore provided 18 months of preconstruction services that included estimating, logistical planning, scheduling and constructability analysis.

Inside the chapel, stone walls were washed and restored. Arches in the cloister were encased in frameless glass to enhance the view of the courtyard and adjacent Charles River. Intricate original interior details, such as unique hardwood floors, stained glass and mosaic marble flooring were painstakingly restored and refinished. A sophisticated new lighting system highlights the arches, columns, stone work and overall architecture of the building.

Renovations within the monastery included new carpeting, lighting, paint and wood floors that were sanded and refinished. Four fire places received gas-fired inserts. New electrical and tel-data systems were installed in the guest rooms and monastery bedrooms. At the rear of the monastery, an addition to the second and third floor provided space for a new library. Exterior renovations included new underground drainage, brick walkways, stairs and concrete ramps to the vestibule.