News / 12.9.15

Throwback Thursday – Hearthstone Insurance Company of Massachusetts

7-story Mixed-Use development featuring offices, parking, retail shops and a ... Movie Theater!

For this week's Throwback Thursday trip through the Epstein archives we visit 1971 Brookline, Massachusetts for the opening of the Hearthstone Insurance Company's office and commercial development. This seven-story, 238,000 square foot project located on Route 9 was the third major project we completed for Hearthstone's parent company, the Combined Insurance Company of America.

(See for info on our first major project for Combined)

The Hearthstone complex featured a reinforced concrete structure which was clad in horizontally-expressed beige pre-cast spandrels with bronze glass and aluminum fenestration. This development not only provided office space for Hearthstone but also featured a landscaped plaza as well as a movie theater, bank, restaurant, retail shops and underground self-parking.

In addition, a pedestrian bridge was built, shortly after the completion of this development, which linked a residential development to the south and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Brookline Village Station to the north.

Today, this building is home, albeit for just a short while longer*, to the New England Institute of Art, a for profit arts college.

* In May of this year the parent company of the New England Institute of Art announced that it would be closing the school as a cost cutting measure.