Winthrop Square RFP Response

HYM, in collaboration with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province (HNP) at St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center, proposes a unique and innovative development plan that uses existing community assets and creates new civic spaces as the cornerstones to further stimulate and enhance the revitalization of Downtown Boston. Specifically, HYM is proposing to demolish the Winthrop Square Garage at 115 Winthrop Square and create a new civic destination that will include a new open-air public plaza surrounded by a new St. Anthony Shrine Church, a new Friary and Ministry Center for HNP, and a new Downtown Boston school. Below these three new civic buildings and the public plaza will be a below-grade public parking garage which will continue to provide important parking supply to the area. A new high-rise residential tower on the existing St. Anthony Shrine site will bring new residents and improved vibrancy to this area of Downtown Boston.

To summarize, the overall development program is compelling because it:

  • Creates a unique civic destination with a new open-air public plaza that will be a truly welcoming place for all Boston residents, workers, and visitors of Boston. 
  • Revitalizes and relocates St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center to better accommodate HNP’s civic missions including, but not limited to, the Franciscan Food Center, community meeting spaces, a variety of counseling options, and a computer lab service, all of which serve a wide demographic. 
  • Incorporates the construction of a new Downtown Boston school that provides an additional option for the growing residential population of this part of the City. The school is also expected to feature flexible community spaces available beyond the typical school day schedule.  
  • Reconnects — through new urban passageways — the existing Winthrop Square Park with Federal Street and ties together a larger public realm network that includes the Boston Common, Post Office Square Park, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  
  • Includes a new, below-grade public parking garage for a part of Downtown which currently has limited public parking availability.  
  • Introduces an iconic residential tower with vibrant ground-floor retail and a public lobby and passageway that will serve as the entrance of the new public theater space. 
  • Features a 10,000-square-foot, double-height community performance space within the residential tower that will offer performance and practice space to the public (bands, choirs, acting groups, etc.).
  • Will comply fully with the Mayor’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP), while also providing additional innovative “co-living opportunities” to a demographic that may otherwise be priced out of the market. 


proposed team:

We have assembled a formidable project team that includes highly skilled design, development, engineering, and construction firms. With extensive experience on large-scale urban projects, this team has the capacity to deliver its transformative vision for Downtown Boston.

Thank you to: Elkus Manfredi Architects, John Moriarty & Associates, Landworks Studio, Inkhouse Public Relations, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, McNamara/Salvia, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, The Vertex Companies, Haley & Aldrich, Howard Stein Hudson, Walker Parking Consultants, DLA Piper, Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough, Dino DiFronzo Consulting, Tom Palmer Communications, Link, RESIS Real Estate.

“With patrons of the Shrine, friary, and students at the new school sharing this expanded civic space with office workers and tower residents, the neighborhood will take on an entirely new character.”