It's a happy ending for the Hayden building, located on Washington Street, on the edge of Chinatown and Downtown Crossing.
The five-story office building, long run-down and in rough shape, has been renovated as four apartments, with retail at street level. Most-recently, the first floor was a bank. In the 1970s, it was an X-rated "peep show" cinema and gay bathhouse.
During its 135-plus year life, the building has been home to "tailors, jewelers, engravers, printers; a dental parlor advertising $6 false teeth and innovative cocaine-free dentistry â€œwithout the least particle of pain or dangerâ€™â€™; a uniform company and an employment service; a record shop; an Army-Navy store," according to the Boston Globe.
A re-dedication of the renovated building, built circa 1875 by H.H. Richardson (of Trinity Church fame), was held yesterday. According to the Boston Herald, the developer faces a unique challenge: