The new RH Boston: The Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History is now open! Today’s post is a photo tour of the store for those of you who haven’t gotten the chance to venture in yet. The photos don’t do the flagship location justice, and I promise you it’s 100% worth it to take the trip and see it in person. RH Boston offers some very unique amenities on each of it’s four floor and is the first East Coast store to have RH Baby and Child design showroom.
The building has an interesting history which dates all the way back to 1857 when it became the second building erected in Back Bay. It opened as The New England Museum of Natural History on March 24, 1863 and housed items for scientific study, including a whale skeleton which was displayed hanging from the ceiling. In 1947 the 234 Berkeley Street location became home to New York department store, Bonwit Teller & Co., and later to Louis Boston, in 1989. As the fourth tenant in the space RH worked painstakingly to restore the interior of the building and pay homage to the its original function as a Museum. The exterior of the building remains largely unchanged. So let’s start the tour…
The ground floor has a beautiful entrance which opens to the dramatic glass and iron pedestrian elevator from 1892 as well as a flower boutique.
Level 02 has a number of beautiful showrooms, including several bedroom set-ups and of course more elegant chandeliers.
The third floor is the most dramatic with heritage olive trees and a 24 foot replica of the Eiffel Tower which was found a Parisian flea market. It also features a Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Wine Bar as well as an Artisanal Boston Beer Bar (the hundred year old bar was salvaged from a Boston Pub). Here shoppers get a nice view of the original coffered and vaulted ceiling and can also visit the Music Room, Cinema Room, and Billiards Room.
So what do you think? I love the elegant symmetry of the store, the subtle tones, and am of course smitten with every tufted piece of furniture and every chandelier. If you live in the Boston area, take a trip in to the store to see for yourself!
*All photos courtesy Restoration Hardware.