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Built in 1897, the historic Boston Hotel Buckminster was one of the first hotels built in the Boston area. The hotel was designed by renowned architect Stanford White, who also designed the Boston Public Library as well as many of the elegant Back Bay townhouses on Beacon Street. The hotel is located on the triangular intersection of Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue in Boston’s Kenmore Square. The Buckminster was the largest building in the Kenmore Square area at the time it was built and was considered the jewel of the square in the early 1900s.

On a September day in 1919, bookie and gambler Joseph "Sport" Sullivan made his way through Kenmore Square and into the Boston Hotel Buckminster after the Chicago White Sox had defeated the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park 3-2 earlier that day. He was there to meet with Chicago White Sox first baseman, Arnold "Chick" Gandil. It was in one of the hotel's guest rooms that the bookie and the ballplayer hatched what would become one of the most infamous crimes in American history: the fixing of the 1919 World Series, now referred to as The Black Sox Scandal, that led to the banishment for life of eight ballplayers, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, the disillusionment of the American public, and the institution of the Commissioner system in Major League Baseball. It also led to the writing of "Eight Men Out", the 1963 book about the fixing scandal that was made into a movie with the same title in 1988.

Boston Hotel Buckminster was the site of the first network radio broadcast. WNAC Radio moved into new studios in The Hotel Buckminster in July of 1929. Later that year, WNAC arranged the first network broadcast in the history of radio with station WEAF in New York City using a 100-foot antenna connected to the building's roof with a clothesline. In the 40's, a portion of the building was turned over to a detachment of military police for the purpose of holding Italian prisoners of war during World War II.

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Boston native George Wein opened Storyville at the Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square in 1950. A steady stream of greats performed at the hotel, including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughan, Erroll Garner amongst many other renowned jazz musicians. Pizzeria Uno's now occupies the space that housed Storyville.

Since the 1950s, the hotel underwent many changes, including a change in ownership in the 1960s that led to the hotel being briefly renamed the Hotel St. George. In 1968 the building was sold to Graham Junior College and renamed Leavitt Hall. A couple of short years after, the building was sold and restored as the Boston Hotel Buckminster and has operated as such ever since.

Today the Boston Hotel Buckminster stands as the "Heart of Kenmore Square", offering 116 guest rooms and suites as Boston's only true Budget Hotel. The Boston Hotel Buckminster's location is second to none in the City of Boston, as it is the closest hotel to both Fenway Park and Boston University. The hotel serves visitors to the Back Bay and Downtown Boston areas year round and provides easy access to the Kenmore Station on Boston's Subway System and is within a short walk to the vast majority of Boston's attractions, including Newbury Street, Freedom Trail, Isabella Gardener Museum, Charles River Park, Boston Common, the Boston House of Blues and hundreds of shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes.

645 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215

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(617) 236-7050

(617) 262-0068

(800) 727-2825 USA


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