Peerless Company

Note about the photos: I was on a hard hat tour, so the photos came out a bit rough. Some guide to what you are seeing... 3 and 4 are some of the first floor demo, 5 is the new ramp to basement parking, 6 and 7 are of the core that they are removing to make way for a multi story glass domed atrium, and 8 and 9 are examples of some of the unit buildout. The rest of the photos were taken recently, from some of the more finished units.


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Other Cornish Properties on AIR: Burgess/O’Gorman Buildings, Peerless Building


This property is the cornerstone of Cornish Properties’ revitalization effort. Each of the 97 loft-style apartments were designed to provide for the maximum amount of natural light and ceiling height with an open floor plan. An ambitious central atrium opens the large block of connected buildings up to natural light, and opaque glass panels on the atrium facing side of the units let in light from the center as well as from the ample windows on the outside. The architects for the redesign were Durkee Brown Viverios & Werenfels.

Some of the more interesting design elements found are exposed columns and sliding wooden doors separating kitchens from living space. Original elements, such as wood floors, columns and original beams were saved whenever possible. Replacement wood floors are made from bamboo instead of trees (other hardwoods). All units vary in size ranging from 835 square feet to 2,712 square feet, and rents range in price from $1,100 to $2,800 per month, depending on the unit size and location within the building.


What is now known as the Peerless Building is actually comprised of five individual buildings. Located at 229 Westminster Street at the corner of Union, the two most prominent are the Callendar, McAuslan & Troup building designed by Walker & Gould and The William H. Low Estate building, designed by Martin & Hall. This cluster of buildings, except for the Hannah Green Estate building (Paolino Properties), make up the entire block of Westminster between Eddy and Union Streets. This block was famous for housing the largest and most successful regional department stores until the 1980s when it closed its doors.

Pat C Jan 14 2016 Peerless – My God… 1960s – worked as a waitress and made fantastic tip money. I spoiled myself and bought a fabulous 3-piece pale pink mohair wool Chanel suit with a cape – I STILL have that suit even though I would never fit in it now! It was adorned with the famous script of "Peerless" on a hand-sewn fabric label inside the jacket and the cape. Quality and elegance – things we don’t have now and kids will never know about — too bad — I’m glad I was a teenager in the 60s — great memories. Love this website!!

Donna Nista Lally Feb 19 2014 My Dad — Edward Nista was a display artist for the Peerless Company. In addition to trimming the windows, he painted the beautiful murals on the interior of the store for each department. The artwork above the elevators on the main level was particularly elegant — florals w/ gold leaf and a sign that read " enter of store". As a kid, I remember riding the escalator with my mother — shopping for a new dress, hat, & gloves for Easter.

BettyLou Donatelli Apr 24 2009 When my daughter was 5, I entered her in a Peerless Company contest and she won first place. They put her picture in their company newsletter – the kind that go out to all charge card holders and appeared in the front window of their store. She also won a $100 gift card for their store. My daughter and I rode the bus downtown and I let her pick out what she wanted – one was this beautiful dress that cost almost $80 and the other was a shirt.

Lillias Valentine Goff Picard My great-grandfather was the “McAuslan” noted in the “Callendar McAuslan & Troup” in the façade of the building from the old Boston Store. I sincerely hope these names will be preserved in the façade as a reminder of the history of this fine old building.

D Cuozzo While attending school at Johnson & Wales, I would shop occasionally at Peerless. Peerless was the first store I received credit at.

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