Dudley Square’s comeback tied to historic structure Overhaul of Ferdinand Building spurs business, development plans ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff The Ferdinand Building, a prominent Baroque and Renaissance Revival structure built in the 1880s, is propelling a revival that has been inching along for years. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff A $120 million effort to rehabilitate Ferdinand’s namesake commercial building in the heart of Dudley has brought the first real signs of a renewal. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Businesses and developers are proposing new offices, hotels, restaurants, and retail boutiques. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff On Feb. 11, Mayor Martin Walsh toured the Ferdinand Building under construction and was shown the view of the city from a top floor. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff Mayor Walsh said he is hoping to boost employment in the area by attracting companies from growing sectors like biotechnology.