One Dalton Boston and Zuma | A Creative Expression of Luxury
As every creative expression in life, every real estate development project starts with an idea, someone’s vision for what a community might need now with a projection to the future. To look ahead of time and to understand what needs are most likely to happen, developers have to be creative, build great relationships, take risks, focus on solutions and always have self-confidence.
Richard Friedman is a man excited by taking a creative approach to development. The CEO of Carpenter & Company, Boston’s leading hospitality and residential development firm has always been inspired by the reuse and transformation of historic structures and the fine blend between history and present. During his successful career, this man has shown a special affinity for taking an existing building that is underutilized but steeped in history and renewing it into a vibrant piece of the community, never forgetting to respect and connect with its origin.
Among his firm’s most noteworthy projects are the conversion of Boston’s iconic and historic Charles Street Jail into the luxury hotel, aptly named, The Liberty Hotel; the design and construction of the 42-story St. Regis Hotel and Residences in downtown San Francisco; and the Charles Hotel and Square, an 800,000 square foot mixed-use project in the heart of Harvard Square, Cambridge. It is worthy of note that all of his company’s developments have been financially and civically successful, and honored recipients of numerous design and civic awards, including the “Development of the Year Award” by America’s Lodging Summit; Gold List, Conde Nast Traveler; Preservation Award, Massachusetts Historical Commission; and Best Business Hotel, Travel + Leisure to name a few.
True to form is his latest Boston creation, the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences, One Dalton Street. Boston is considered to be the third-densest city in the U.S. with high-quality lifestyle standards, which increasingly captivates the attention of the most demanding visitors and residents, looking for a more upscale living. The unprecedented luxury development is slated to open in early 2019 and promises to transform Boston’s skyline as the tallest residential skyscraper in all of New England, offering penthouses with spectacular unobstructed views. Located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood, One Dalton Street features stunning design elements such as the recreation of the renowned bay windows, coupled with its modern, glass silhouette and state-of-the-art architectural features.
Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Building partnerships and teams are another of his many talents. When we asked him, what inspired him in choosing the right people for One Dalton, the developer shared he felt compelled to assemble a world-class roster of design talent, the likes of which Boston had never seen. For him, this “Dream Team” of designers needed to have local roots, and genuinely understand and love the city. He brought together a truly extraordinary group of global visionaries, all with backgrounds in Boston, to design this landmark building: legendary architect Harry Cobb, celebrated designers Thierry Despont and Bill Rooney and noted landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.
In keeping with the developer’s eye for facilitating powerful collaborations was the recent announcement of their partnership with world-class restaurant group, Zuma. The One Dalton development team had been carefully searching for a restaurant that would align with their vision to offer a premier dining and elevated social experience that would truly set their building apart. Since no detail has been spared in the design and creation of One Dalton, it was essential for the team to find a restaurant that reflected that idea.
Zuma’s conception is created by the German-born chef Rainer Becker who fell in love with Japanese cuisine and culture while living for six years in Tokyo. Inspired by informal izakaya-style Japanese dining, since its first restaurant opening in the Knightsbridge area of London, Zuma has been successfully expanding into international cities such as Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Rome, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and now Boston. Part of the Zuma formula is that they are all spectacular-looking, providing a sophisticated environment with extremely high-quality cuisine, stellar service and a touch of local flavor, similar to what One Dalton as a whole offers Boston.
Even though we all define luxury from our own perspective, ultimately there is one common connotation which is the feeling of an elevated experience, which One Daltons owner’s and guests will be provided with. This is perfect for the discerning cultural connoisseurs and high net worth individuals that prioritize convenience, extraordinary design, and peace of mind, appreciating a state of great comfort and extravagant living.