Christian Endeavor Building // 1917

Located at the corner of Mount Vernon and Joy Streets in Beacon Hill, this six-story Georgian Revival building showcases the real estate market in Boston. Built in 1917, the building was designed by Oscar A. Thayer, an architect who specialized in Colonial Revival design. The Georgian Revival building was constructed to house the offices of the United Society of Christian Endeavor. Founded in Portland, Maine in 1881, the Society assisted churches with reaching the youth of their communities with the Gospel.

By 1930, in addition to the Christian Endeavor Society, this building contained Golden Rule Publishers and a couple other small publishing companies. Ironically, the Christian Endeavor movement reached the zenith of its success in Germany in 1930 on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power. In that year, 80,000 Christian youth with delegates from 112 countries convened in Berlin for a convention. By the early 1940s, with the commencement of war, the Christian Endeavor Movement began to decline (though they are still active today). The building was later occupied by Little, Brown, Inc. publishers. Begun in 1837, this publishing house was Houghton and Mifflin’s chief rival for several generations. Little & Brown Publishing Co. began publishing law texts but won its first real literary acclaim with the nineteenth-century historic works of Francis Parkman. They were later acquired by Time-Warner and relocated to New York City.

The building was recently converted to just seven condo units, but units were originally listed beginning at $5.15 million! Developed by Chevron Partners with Meyer and Meyer Architects working on the restoration and penthouse addition, the building has become one of the premier luxury buildings in the city.

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