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Fifteen Beacon History

A Remarkable History, a Bright Future

Your approach up Beacon Hill and along the winding paving-stone street is full of the whispers of history. Step through the opaque glass doors at Fifteen Beacon and there are stories in the very foundation of this landmark building. Today, a world-class luxury boutique hotel.

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This turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building features two cast iron stories adorned with gilded shields.

The third story features a limestone band, which supports five stories of Roman brick.

The ninth and tenth floors are limestone-fluted columns with mosaic inserts capped by an opulent oversized copper cornice.

Fifteen Beacon occupies the site of the former Bromfield Mansion, built in 1722 by wealthy Boston merchant Edward Bromfield, Jr. The present building was originally constructed in 1903, designed by renowned Boston architect William Gibbons Preston (c.1842-1910).

Preston's best-known buildings include the New England Museum of Natural History (now Louis Boston) in Back Bay and the International Trust Company Building. Former tenants include the Boston Transit Commission (1905), Rapid Transit Commission (1906), and Boston School Committee, which occupied the building from 1923 until 1999, when it became Fifteen Beacon Hotel.

The architect of the current hotel was Patrick Sharkey of the Sharkey Design Company, and the interior design was created by Celeste Cooper of the Orpin Group, LLC, both of Boston. When renovating for the hotel, it was important to retain as many of the building’s original architectural elements as possible. Notice the original cage elevator and cast-brass lit railing with brass newel post.


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Art and Soul

Antiques and modern art continue the theme of bringing the historical past into a bright future at Fifteen Beacon.

Our classic but contemporary décor bears this out, as does our impeccable service honed for modern technologic needs.

One of the most unique elements of the hotel is our artwork. Works by some of our country’s most renowned artists can be found on the walls of Fifteen Beacon Hotel.

Traveling can be stressful. Nothing grounds the soul like art. Guest rooms display chosen works by Martha Lloyd, Joe Greene, Tony Evanko, and Ben Freeman, who were specially commissioned to create pieces for Fifteen Beacon Hotel.

The lobby itself is dominated by “Green Dot,” oil on canvas by Jules Olitski (1922-2007), Russian-born post-painterly abstractionist. Olitski has been recognized as one of the century’s brightest talents by Architectural Digest Magazine.

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In the Wine Cellar of Mooo.... (which rests on the limestone foundation of the Bromfield Mansion), a magnificent Roman mosaic depicts two deer amidst flowers, amphorae, and fish.

The piece dates from the fourth to the fifth century A.D. The old is new again, echoing our commitment to environmentally sound policies and practices.


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Founded on Tradition, Built for the Future

Fifteen Beacon is founded on tradition but flexible enough to anticipate the future.

We've always been ahead of the curve in offering services such as complimentary wireless technology and guest preference linen change.

As a luxury boutique hotel we are leading-edge and provide top-line technologic and wellness amenities. These include iPad rentals and Puravair air purifiers.  We're here to meet and exceed guests' needs, to make home away from home a seamless and luxurious experience.

The tradition of elegance and hospitality in Boston continues with XV Beacon’s sister hotel: The Inn @ St. Botolph located in Boston’s historic Back Bay.

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