Rachel Levitt

Best of the New: W Boston

GLASSY AND MINIMALIST, the Theater District’s brand-new tower hotel caters to a young, modern crowd: The swanky lobby/lounge, with its high ceilings, luxurious loungers, water walls, and enormous art books scattered throughout, looks like a nightclub. Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s…

Best of the New: Millenium Bostonian Hotel

FIRST BUILT IN THE late ’80s, this 201-room hotel across from Faneuil Hall last year underwent a $25 million interior overhaul. The guest rooms now feel comfortably contemporary, and the eclectic Asian-inspired lobby hits some glamorous notes. But its location…

Earthly Passions

SINCE THEIR FIRST ENCOUNTER as students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the mid-’70s, Dana Salvo and Dawn Southworth have enjoyed what many of us would call an enviable life, distinguished by copious travel, creative exploration, and artistic…

Proudly Modern

THIS WOULDN’T BE A TYPICAL MAINE HOME. [sidebar]In the land of clapboard Colonials, Capes, and shingled manses, one Washington, DC–based couple demanded a thoroughly modern house. Their ambitious plan was to build with concrete, steel, and lots of glass —…

Lofts to Talk About

BEFORE THE RECENT ECONOMIC TROUBLES presented themselves, optimistic Bostonians fully expected Fort Point to bust out as the South End’s edgier cousin — its brick-and-beam-loft dwellers were sure to fast-track an array of exciting retail ventures, not to mention a…

Modern Influences

GERALD FINEBERG IS A SELF-PROCLAIMED history buff, but not the facts-and-figures kind. Instead, he sees history through art — and when you get a tour of the roughly 9,000-square-foot condo he and his wife, Sandra, own at the Mandarin Oriental,…

How to Learn the Art of Collecting

IN THE 2008 DOCUMENTARY FILM Herb & Dorothy, a New York couple builds one of the world’s most impressive modern-art collections on a postal worker’s salary. Think about that, then consider the $75 you just blew on dinner: Instead of…

Boston Home Spring 2010: Made Her Way

DAWN SYLVESTER AND John Tudor never thought they’d leave Cambridge. Coming from Pittsburgh and Cape Town, South Africa, respectively, the couple met while getting their M.B.A.s at Harvard. They loved the city’s urban vibe and student population, but after years…

Boston Home Spring 2010: Blueprint: Shared History: Rachel Levitt

VISIT LAURA AND John Meyer at their home and the first thing you’ll notice is their door knocker. The cast-brass cannon—unusually militaristic for a home in peaceful Newton—adorns a black walnut door with handblown glass panes. When it opens, prepare…