The Plaza, known to many as the "Hammer and Nail" Building, has undergone an adaptive restoration.
After sitting vacant for many years, Quinn Evans Architects worked with The Roxbury Group to convert the Professional Plaza into a mixed-use residential development. This 1996 International Style high-rise is now comprised of 72 units, with two penthouse units and commercial/retail space occupying the ground floor. Research and documentation by QEA facilitated the successful nomination of the building’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places and support the project’s eligibility for State and Federal Historic Tax Credits.
The Professional Plaza was originally part of a "medical superblock plan." Although much of the building was occupied by medical professionals, the top floor was rented to the carpenters union who added the iconic neon Hammer and Nail sign on the north and south façades. Ultimately, this sign became a landmark of the community.
Preserving this important historical artifact, you can see the restored neon sign on the north side of the ground floor every night from 8-12pm.