Appalachian Mountain Club buys new headquarters in Charlestown

The Boston Globe | By Dan Adams
December 6, 2016

The Appalachian Mountain Club on Monday closed on the purchase of a prominent building in Charlestown’s City Square, where it will move its headquarters after nearly a century of running its operations from Beacon Hill.

The AMC — a nonprofit outdoors group that manages trails, huts, outings and conservation efforts from the mid-Atlantic to Maine — paid $13.1 million for the four-story brick-and-beam building at 10 City Square, also known as Roughan Hall. The Club’s staff of roughly 70 will move there next fall, the group said.

The acquisition follows the AMC’s decision earlier this year to sell its current headquarters, comprised of three cramped former residential buildings on Beacon Hill’s Joy Street, to a development group for $15 million. The developers are allowing the AMC to remain at Joy St. until the move.

John Judge, AMC chief executive, said his team picked the Charlestown building over 40 other options for its spacious layout, historic character, reasonable price, and prominent location within Boston, near the Freedom Trail and various parks.

“We’re thrilled to be able to keep our headquarters in Boston, which was one of our priorities when we started looking a year ago,” Judge said. “This building gives us room to grow. It sets us up for the next 100 years of the AMC, and gives us a real anchor or cornerstone in the Boston and New England communities.”

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