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Renovation of America’s first YMCA preserves landmark’s storied history

​The YMCA of Greater Boston was founded in 1851 as America’s first Y. Today it ranks as one of the largest urban YMCA’s in the nation. The flagship branch on Huntington Avenue was completed in 1912 and dedicated by U.S. President William Howard Taft.

That’s why when JLL was hired to be the project manager for the landmark’s renovation, it was critical that the team preserve the YMCA’s 1912 construction, which is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

The scope of the project involved a new 23,000 square-foot addition containing a gymnasium, aquatics center and squash courts and the complete renovation of the remaining YMCA. The JLL team not only preserved the building’s history but also ensured the YMCA remained open throughout the project.

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