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The Women's Lunch Place


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TyllAST, Arrowstreet

Project Name

The Women's Lunch Place


67 Newbury Street


Project Status


Year Completed



13,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



The Women's Lunch Place


  • Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia Associates
  • : J.C. Cannistraro, LLC
  • Electrical Engineer: J.C. Cannistraro, LLC
  • Plumbing Engineer: J.C. Cannistraro, LLC
  • Lighting Designer: Ripman Lighting Consultants
  • Construction Manager: John Moriarty & Associates, Inc.



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Project Description

Arrowstreet worked with The Women’s Lunch Place, Back Bay Boston’s only day shelter for homeless women, to take a historic church’s basement, last renovated in the 1950s, and turn it into a warm, inviting space that the guests can think of as home. A safe, comfortable community resource for homeless and poor women, the WLP was providing over 200 meals a day as well health services and work skills training without proper facilities. The design team found additional space by exposing the historic brick piers and rubble foundation and used that space to create a modern, display-cooking, restaurant-quality kitchen open to a new dining area that serves the non-profit’s guests and accommodates shelter fundraisers. The team also created new space for guest services including dedicated medical space, counseling offices, skills training, and a guest library.
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