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March 06, 2013
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
Restoration Hardware's new store on Boylston Street was formerly occupied by Louis Boston.
The building has a reinterpretation of an 1892 traction and counterweight elevator inspired by a model in L.A.'s Bradbury Building.
A chandelier hung in the new store.
The renovations are part of a dramatic two-year transformation of the historic landmark at 234 Berkeley St.
There are four "clubrooms" on the third floor.
The store is intended to bring a new type of retail experience to the Back Bay.
Restoration Hardware employee Danielle Bolas sprayed linen as workers set up the new store.
Kate Doerr and Travis McCullar set up a table.
The store also has a 24-foot Eiffel Tower model.
The building was also once home to the New England Museum of Natural History.