Boston Center for the Arts

Boston, Massachusetts

Challenge:

Help the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) develop one or more viable project concepts to guide redevelopment of its historic, overcrowded Artist Studios Building in the Tremont neighborhood of South Boston.

Goals:

  • Identify viable concepts, options, and next steps for redevelopment
  • Assess the BCA’s readiness to move forward

Scope of Work:

Over two trips to Boston, the Artspace team facilitated a charette, conducted focus groups with stakeholders, and solicited ideas for a potential redevelopment of the Artist Studio Building on the Boston Center for the Arts campus. Our report addressed a range of options, from modest renovation to address code issues to a complete overhaul with significant additions at the back and/or front of the building.  Strict historic preservation guidelines restricted the potential reuse options though keeping the building filled with artists was the goal.  In 2020, the BCA is planning a renovation of the building into artist-in-residency spaces and programs to launch their 50th Anniversary.

Update:

The BCA has secured support from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund and an individual donor to conduct a structural assessment of its Artist Studios Building, launching the critical step of determining the physical possibilities for the building to better serve the needs of working artists.

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