The Arthaus residential units and the Community Art Gallery debut in Allston, Mass.

Allston, Mass. – Architecture, interior and planning firm APC completed Arthaus, an art-driven residential development in the heart of Boston’s Allston neighborhood.

Located at the intersection of North Beacon and Everett streets, Arthaus, the latest development of The Mount Vernon Company, consists of a five-storey, 72-unit apartment complex and a separate nine-unit condominium building.

The Arthaus’ glass-enclosed lobby features local artists and a street-level public plaza with seating on North Beacon Street. The gallery, managed by Unrelated visual arts, a non-profit arts organization based in Allston-Brighton, invites passers-by to view an ever-changing display of locally created artwork.

Unbound Visual Arts, a local non-profit arts organization, maintains the new gallery. Photo: Michael Reilly, FSMPS

PCA’s design features a distinctive contemporary facade inspired by Japanese origami, with waveform patterns zigzagging through the corrugated metal exterior.


“We know from years of experience that great design appeals to tenants and outperforms competing properties,” said Bruce A. Percelay, President and Founder of The Mount Vernon Company. “We want to be the best in all the neighborhoods where we compete, and we express that through architecture. PCA’s design adds new energy to a neighborhood known for its eclectic restaurants, entertainment venues and local boutiques.

“With Arthaus, we wanted to create a one-of-a-kind residential experience that reflects the diverse artistic and cultural character of the neighborhood,” said Dave Snell, Director of PCA, AIA, LEED AP BD + C. “Allston has long been at the heart of Boston’s arts and music community, and the connection between Arthaus design, building amenities, and his community involvement clearly struck a chord with residents. »Arthaus was fully let before its completion.


The recently occupied residence offers a wide range of high-end amenities for tenants at a lower price than competing properties: rooftop gathering and entertainment space with 360-degree views of the city, on-site underground parking, a High-tech fitness center with Peloton bikes and MIRROR interactive fitness system, electric vehicle charging stations, dog park and pet spa.

Arthaus is the latest in a dozen creative collaborations between PCA and The Mount Vernon Company over the past decade. The two have teamed up to produce the LEED Platinum Certified Allston Green District in Boston, the 164-room Revolution Hotel Рselected as the # 1 hotel in Boston by Cond̩ Nast Traveler, and Radius, a LEED Gold certified mixed-use development comprising 132 apartments and ground floor retail space in Brighton.

Residential and artistic community Arthaus, designed by PCA.
Residential and arts community Arthaus, designed by PCA for the Mount Vernon Company.

PCA, founded in 1982 and based in Cambridge, is recognized as one of the largest, most responsive and innovative design companies in Greater Boston. The company’s creative staff bring a blend of business knowledge and creative problem-solving to every project. With expertise in architecture, planning and interior design, the company’s thoughtful and award-winning design has generated success after success for our clients – projects that thrive in the marketplace and bring lasting value to the community.

Mount Vernon Company is a real estate investment company recognized as one of the leading apartment owners in Massachusetts. The company, founded by Bruce A. Percelay, has grown over the past 30 years to include 1,600 apartments, five hotels, and some commercial and vacation properties. Mount Vernon Company received the Community Excellence Award from the Rental Housing Association of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the Paragon Award for Industry Excellence by the National Apartment Association, recognition of Boston’s best homeowner by Boston Magazine, and Best Places to Work in Boston awarded by the Boston Business Journal.

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