We've officially settled into our new digs at 54 Charles Street and are ready to show off our spectacular space. We'd also like to extend our thanks to two companies that were instrumental in our move:
Pony Express Movers out of Jamaica Plain did a spectacular job with our move. (Which included bringing furniture down a narrow hallway, across a main road and then up two flights of stairs!) We couldn't of done it without them, and would highly recommend them for YOUR next move. ponyexpressmoving.com / 617-983-8700.
Charles Street Supply - our new neighbors! If you're a resident of Beacon Hill, you've become accustomed to the personalized service they provide. To say Charles Street Supply is a Neighborhood staple is almost an understatement. From teakettles to snow shovels and everything in between, Charles Street Supply has it. Stop on down and see what I mean, you'll be happy you did! Visit them at 54 Charles Street or at charlesstsupply.com.
Our new office is located on the third floor at 54 Charles, a building that dates back to the 1900's. However much of the original facade was destroyed in 1919 when City Officials decided to widen Charles Street by 10 feet on the river side.
With a brand new facade, the building functioned as a fine furniture factory, fish market and then laundromat in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
In 1957 a group of Boston University theatre department graduates founded the Actor's Company and began performing at 54 Charles Street, which they called the Charles Playhouse. With a rapidly growing reputation for producing excellent works of contemporary theatre - the company soon needed a larger home and relocated to it's current home at 74 Warrenton Street under the same name.
In 1963 a fire in the back alley behind 43 Charles Street destroyed the local hardware store run by Richard Gurnon, forcing him to relocate and buy the building across the street at 54 Charles. Charles Street Supply re-opened at it's present location on Labor Day 1963, and expanded into 56 Charles Street in 1985 doubling in size.
In 1976 The Lyric Stage, a theatre group founded by Ron Ritchell and Polly Hogan opened on the second floor of 54 Charles Street. The stage was less than 300 sqft and sat no more than 103 audience members. This didn't stop the company from performing 100 shows at this location before moving to their current location at 140 Clarnedon Street in 1991.
Fast forward to 2018, Charles Street Supply still occupies the first floor 54 years later and is run by neighborhood staple (and Richard Gurnon's son) Jack Gurnon and his team. The second floor remains residential and as for us, we occupy the third floor. We've been so lucky to have had 13 years at our previous location across Charles street and are thrilled to spend 13 more on the same block! Please enjoy some shots of our brand new space, and come visit us at 54 Charles Street - we look forward to serving this wonderful neighborhood for decades to come!