INN HISTORY

A gem among historic hotels in Boston, the Clarendon Square Inn was constructed in 1867 by builder Silas Merrill. The first owner of 198 W Brookline Street was Mr. Josiah Loring Fairbanks. Fairbanks founded & operated the J.L. Fairbanks Company in Downtown Boston. He was a prominent stationer providing stationery, bank notes, & bookkeeping materials to some of Boston’s most notable businesses including the National Union Bank of Boston. Fairbanks would have been much like his neighbors of his time - of the merchant or skilled trade class. Fairbanks died in 1875 at 65 years of age.

After the turn of the century, 198 W Brookline Street fell into disrepair. Many townhomes in the South End had been abandoned & forgotten, as many Bostonians took residency in the newly developed Back Bay neighborhood.

Purchased in 1998, this New England inn required an extensive renovation taking nearly a full year to complete. To ensure the finest environment for guests, Stephen Gross and his crew preserved many architectural features of period historic inns like ceiling medallions, moldings, and doors. At the Clarendon Square, you will find that these historic touches have been seamlessly integrated with new, modern materials & finishes to produce interiors focused on style, sophistication, & comfort. In March 1999, the Clarendon Square opened its doors and since then has hosted thousands of guests from all around the world. Because decorating is never really complete, each guest room has been redecorated in the last two years meeting our evolving design standards and the changing needs of our clientele.

Please enjoy these photos from the renovation process.