The "Chateauesque style" house was built on a 31,606-square-foot parcel of land in 1889 by Andrew Houghton, the original owner of the A. J. Houghton Company and the Vienna Brewery in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, MA. Houghton was considered a "visionary" business leader, owning one of the first breweries to use artificial refrigeration. To date, it is the only landmark brewery in Boston protected by the Boston Landmarks Commission

The brothers of Phi Gamma Pi wanted to have a lasting, positive legacy so, they approached Boston Children's Hospital to probe its interest in the property. Coincidentally, the Hospital was in search of a property nearby to convert into patient family housing. At a significantly reduced price, Boston Children's was able to purchase the property from the fraternity in 2006.

The renovations began in February of 2008. The home features 22 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, common areas, kitchen, dining area, and playroom as well as live-in staff space.

Some neighbors include: The Ronald McDonald House, Keith Lockhart, and Michael & Kitty Dukakis



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Martin Batt Architects

Based in Needham, Martin Batt Architects has directed the extensive design, elevation planning and renovation of this property. As founder and managing partner of Martin Batt Architects, Martin has established a strong reputation for well-designed and carefully managed projects that cater to the unique and subtle characteristics of sophisticated projects. His designs create spaces that are rich in color, light and material exploration. He is an internationally educated and trained architect with extensive experience in planning and designing healthcare and academic projects.

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Boston Children's Hospital.