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Common Boston Festival 2017

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    Free and open to the public

On June 3–4, the BSA Foundation presents the 2017 Common Boston festival of architecture and design (#CB17) .This open-house architecture festival will unlock the doors to dozens of Boston’s architecturally, culturally, and historically significant sites, encouraging residents and tourists to consider why design matters, while tapping into unique stories that illuminate our vibrant communities. From historic sites to office towers to community gardens, participants will get unparalleled access to more than 50 unique sites that contribute to making greater Boston such an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Share your favorite spots with #CB17! Find out more about the festival at

Discover and explore sacred historic sites, repurposed mansions, one-of-a-kind galleries, unique learning spaces, innovative structures, and more.

For a free mobile guide to all the #CB17 sites and schedules, download the Yonward app from the App Store (iOS) and activate the Common Boston guide!

Instagram Photo Contest
​The Instagram Photo Contest will launch on Friday, June 2 at 6:00 pm and continue through Wednesday, June 7 at 11:59 pm. Winners will receive the festival's official t-shirt and two Architecture Cruise tickets for a tour on the Charles River! To enter, take Instagram photos of sites you visit, and tag them using @bsaaia, #IGBoston, and #CB17. Prizes will be awarded for IGBoston Favorite and BSA Favorite. A selection of entries will also be promoted on Facebook.

Volunteer for the Common Boston festival
Register now to volunteer for Common Boston! In addition to having a chance to explore behind the scenes of a beautiful building in your neighborhood, all CB17 volunteers receive a free Common Boston t-shirt and receive free admission to the dParty, which kicks off the festival on Friday night, June 2. Volunteers will also be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets for Charles Riverboat Company’s Architecture Cruise ($50 value), or a pair of tickets for a Boston By Foot walking tour and a free download of the new AIA Guide to Boston app ($50 value). Each volunteer shift counts as a single entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of four entries per person.


Common Boston’s latest Festival Sites include:
Arnold Arboretum | Ayer Mansion | BNN Media Center | Bolling Building | Boston Architectural College | Boston Harbor Distillery | Boston Nature and Wildlife Center | Boston Public Market | BPL: Central Library in Copley Square | BPL: East Boston | BPL: Honan Allston | BPL: Hyde Park | BPL: Jamaica Plain | BPL: Mattapan Branch | Cambridge City Hall | Carpenter Center for Visual Arts | Church of the Covenant | Community Boat Building | The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art | Cooper Frost Austin House | DHS: Capt. Lemuel Clap House | DHS: James Blake House | DHS: William Clapp House | District Hall | Eliot Burying Ground | Eliot School of Fine Arts | Emerald Necklace Conservancy | Ether Dome and the Bulfinch Building | Eustis Street Firehouse | Fenway Victory Gardens | First Baptist Church of Boston | First Church of Roxbury Meetinghouse | Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site | Grain Wood Shop | Hibernian Hall | Kendall Square Roof Garden | L Street Power Station | Loring-Greenough House | Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University | Metropolitan Waterworks Museum | MIT List Art Center | Museum of African American History | Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex | Old North Church | Otis House, Historic New England | Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage | Paul S. Russell, MD Russell Museum of Medical History & Innovation | Saint Peter's Episcopal Church | South Street Farm (Groundwork Somerville) | Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture | Trinity Church | Union Press | YMCA of Greater Boston | Y2Y Harvard Square | ZUMIX

With thanks to our community partners and neighborhood supporters:
Boston By Foot
Boston App Lab
Boston Society of Landscape Architects/a>
Boston Preservation Alliance
Boston Public Library
Historic Boston Incorporated
Urban Culture Institute

For information on becoming a Sponsor for the 2017 Common Boston Festival, please contact [email protected]. For all other inquiries, please email [email protected].

This is a program of the BSA Foundation.

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