Berklee College of Music - Café 939

  • Owner:
    Berklee College of Music
  • Architect:
    MDS/Miller Dyer Spears
  • Scope:
    Renovation and Fit-Out to Create Café and Performance Venue
  • Location:
    Boston, MA

Café 939, Berklee College of Music’s state-of-the-art, student-run performance venue and coffee house, is prominently sited on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay Architectural District. This thoughtful and comprehensive renovation provided a 3,000 sf café and 4,000 sf performance center. Accentuated with intricate moldings, notable design elements include a brick fireplace and large, arched windows.

While preserving the historic integrity of the building, many modern features were incorporated, including the installation of acoustical material on the walls, floors, and ceiling. Special acoustical doors were also installed, along with 3-paned glass windows with blackout shades. The space is also equipped with a greenroom, theatrical lighting, and audio controls capable of hosting live broadcasts and recording sessions.   

This renovation, located on the first level in a classic revival brownstone building, required the installation of all new building systems to support the space. Occupied throughout construction, all work was carefully phased to ensure minimal disruption.

Since 2005 Columbia has been working on the Berklee campus, completing over $20 million in a number of renovation and new construction projects to-date.