As the city’s first Art Deco skyscraper, our historic Boston hotel’s address — originally the Batterymarch Building — is a long-standing symbol of architectural grandeur. And though our storied building no longer towers over our neighbors, there was a time when it stood alone in the Boston skyline.
A Glimpse Through Time
Art Deco Origins
Symmetrical. Geometric. Streamlined. Though it originated in Paris, America made Art Deco its own, especially in cities like Miami and New York City. But from Fenway to the Financial District, Boston’s Art Deco gems rival those of any city.
When construction began on the Batterymarch Building, architect Harold Field Kellogg envisioned a building in the Mayan Revival style of Art Deco (which uses Mayan geometric patterns) and creates the illusion of height by “using the color laws found in nature.”
Boston’s First Skyscraper
When the Batterymarch Building rose to prominence in 1928, a promotional brochure hailed its composition as “a new monument on Boston’s skyline, marking the beginning of a new century in her history.”
A Legendary Landmark
Many decades later, the Batterymarch Building met the criteria for landmark designation as a structure that embodies distinctive characteristics of the Art Deco era and represents notable architectural work.
A New Day
A bold exploration in reimagining the landmark that was said to have launched Downtown Boston’s rise, The Dagny is an optimistic name derived from the combination of the Old Norse words dagr (meaning “day”) and ný (meaning “new”).
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