Article by By Todd Larson/Correspondent
Eager to build as much as possible with as little as possible, many home renovators have jettisoned the meticulous hand-wrought craftsmanship of historical eras for the expedient economy of modern prefab materials from plasterboard to plastics – except at Maison Vernon on Beacon Hill.
The very name of this seven-unit rehabilitation of 41 Mt. Vernon St. bespeaks the European craft traditions and internationally-sourced materials that went into its details and finishes, including the French oak floors, Italian wrought-iron grates and hand-carved marble mantels, and hand-cast plaster corner cartouches and crown moldings. That is how Adige Design of Italy and France, together with Chevron Partners and Meyer & Meyer Architects of Boston, elevated the 1917 building’s classical style to new heights beyond its corner location at the top of Beacon Hill.