This 32-story, 400,000-square-foot residential tower provides ground-level retail, below-grade parking, 177 rental apartments, and 103 condominiums in the Back Bay, diagonally across from the John Hancock Tower (I.M. Pei & Partners, 1976). The entry to the Clarendon condominium residences, shops, and a restaurant is on Stuart Street, and the entry to the One Back Bay rental apartments and a U.S. post office is on Clarendon Street.
The building is set back from the property line along Clarendon Street, aligning with the streetwall of the Old John Hancock Building (Cram & Ferguson, 1947) to the north to create a sidewalk garden. The building's five-story limestone base relates to the scale of the base of the Old John Hancock Building, the YWCA to the west, and 131 Clarendon to the south. Above the base, the building sets back on the north and east to create elevated green spaces and to mitigate wind conditions caused by the John Hancock Tower.
The Clarendon is clad in the traditional Boston palette of red brick and limestone, but expressed in a way that relates to its modern neighbors with two-story recessed masses that modulate the scale of the whole.