Our Story

History

A not-for-profit women’s student residence and cultural center, Bayridge first opened its doors to offer off-campus housing in 1959. It was initially located on Exeter Street in the Back Bay of Boston.  In the early '60s, to meet the growing demand for off-campus student housing for women, Bayridge relocated to a larger, two-building facility at 395 Commonwealth Ave. Bayridge has always been open to women students who aspire to do well in their studies and develop themselves as persons of moral and ethical integrity in a family-like environment of academic enthusiasm and social outreach. As a cultural center, Bayridge seeks to strengthen and support that part of today's culture which is eminently positive, pro-woman, and pro-community, and it opens its doors to the public for frequent lectures, conferences and concerts.

Ayer Mansion

Bayridge is located within the historic Ayer Mansion, the country’s only surviving residence designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2005, the Ayer Mansion exemplifies Tiffany’s astounding versatility.  At the Ayer Mansion, Tiffany-designed stone and glass mosaics, graceful metalwork, Favrile glass, custom woodwork, intricate plaster work, and elaborate stained glass windows all work together to create a masterpiece.

For more than 12 years, the Campaign for the Ayer Mansion has been restoring and preserving this rare, national treasure.

To learn more about the Ayer Mansion, visit www.ayermansion.org.

Opus Dei

The spiritual formation offered at Bayridge Residence is entrusted to Opus Dei, although the Residence is open to university women of all creeds, races and ethnic origins. Opus Dei is a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. It was founded in Spain on October 2, 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva with a simple yet profound message that everyone is called to be holy and to serve others in and through his or her work. “It is in the midst of the material things of the earth that we must sanctify ourselves, serving God and mankind.” (St. Josemaria, Conversations #113) Today, Opus Dei has over 90,000 members in more than 66 countries.

To learn more about Opus Dei, visit www.opusdei.org.