Studio splendor in South Boston Gothic landmark building

A colorful combination of contemporary open-plan living and historic Gothic architecture awaits your attention and approval in the old Monks Building at 366 West Broadway in South Boston.

Not the monastery that its name and churchlike design might lead you to think it is, this lancet-arched brick structure with high-pitched gables and turrets was built in 1873 from a High Victorian Gothic design by Alexander R. Estey for the Monks & Co. flour and grain dealership, and later housed the Mattapan Deposit & Trust Co.

Now for sale here for $469,000 is Unit C1, a 2,142-square-foot, 2-bed, 2-bath first-floor studio duplex that takes full advantage of the tall windows, expansive hardwood floors, high ceilings and historic architectural details to create an ideal live/work space for an artist, photographer, musician, or anyone seeking spatially flexible but visually attractive living accommodations.

The living and dining spaces are one big, long, high entertaining arena with an open kitchen at one end and a cast-iron posted rail at the other overlooking a barrel-vaulted stairhall down to the entry/bedroom level. The sky’s the limit on creative room arrangement and guest entertaining possibilities here.

A running granite counter ending in an arc-shaped breakfast bar overlooking the living-dining area defines the open kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and paneled white cabinetry continue the studio’s spirit of blending the contemporary with the classic.

Below the overlook rail is an atrium foyer roomy enough for a sofa, coffee table and bookcase and high enough for a luxury hotel lobby effect.

The carpeted master bedroom also makes an excellent home office, by virtue of the deep alcove beside the large window, which can accommodate a comprehensive workstation.



The master bedroom’s en suite bath (left) boasts the private spa luxury of a five-star hotel: finished in blue Canadian slate and river rock, it leads into a 5-person full-sensory marble steam room. The en suite walk-in closet (right) is a room unto itself.

The Monks Building’s neighborhood is also rich with amenities. These include South Boston Community Health Center, Gentle Dental, CVS/Pharmacy, Buck and Sweeney playgrounds, Orton Field, Boston Athletic Club, St. Peter Academy, numerous restaurants and bakeries, and buses to the beach, Marine Park/Castle Island, and Red Line subway service to South Station, downtown Boston and Cambridge at the Broadway station.

For more information about Unit C1 at 366 West Broadway, or to arrange a private showing, call one of CondoDomain’s Boston agents at 617-314-7704. To meet our agents, visit

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