Once horse stables, turned parking garage, turned indoor mini-mall, The Garage in Harvard Square has lived many, interesting lives. Today, the structure is still cherished by, but does not meet the needs of Harvard Square’s diverse population. Bruner/Cott is working with Trinity Property Management to reinstate The Garage as a vibrant, dynamic character in Harvard Square once again.
The mixed-used building project includes the selective demolition of the existing structure of The Garage Building, excepting portions of the building’s two-story existing brick masonry facades facing Mt. Auburn Street, Dunster Street, and a service alley. The proposed new building will celebrate the history of the site by blending the existing brick masonry facade of the 1860s former horse stable into the design, creating a dialogue between the old and new.
The exterior materials palette consists of brick masonry, terracotta cladding, metal panels, zinc trim, and glass. The building massing steps back to maintain street wall and accommodate the scale of neighboring buildings in Harvard Square. Spaces inside will be reconfigured to accommodate retail and restaurants on the ground floor, with offices and outdoor terraces accessible from the upper floors.