After years of delays, Scientologists agree to sell historic Hotel Alexandra

Hotel Alexandra at Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue in the South End has been mostly vacant for decades. –Globe staff/file 2014

After nearly a decade of inaction and delays, the Boston chapter of the Church of Scientology has agreed to sell the Hotel Alexandra in the South End to a developer, giving neighbors hope that the boarded-up landmark could be finally restored to its former splendor.

The prospective buyer of the 142-year-old Alexandra, at the corner of Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, is Eric Hoagland, the son of CVS Pharmacy founder Ralph Hoagland.

Celebrated by preservationists for its unique Gothic-style ornamentation and colorful sandstone facade, the Alexandra was once a posh home for wealthy Bostonians. But the building has been mostly vacant for decades, a neglected eyesore that looked increasingly out of place as gentrification swept through the neighborhood.


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