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Building Boston: The Storefront Gallery @BSASpace

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Image courtesy Evan Bradley.

The development of BSA Space’s storefront gallery

About the model

In the 1970s, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) created a model of the City of Boston—called Building Boston—to show off the city’s growing skyline, but by the early 1980s, it was put it into deep storage. Then, to assist with security planning for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the model—with its bird’s-eye view of Boston’s streetscape—was cleaned and updated, only to be returned to the vaults when the conventioneers left town. Recognizing its value as a way to understand and enjoy Boston’s evolving cityscape, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, the BSA Foundation, and the BRA decided in 2013 to make the model available once again for public viewing. After careful restoration and updating by CBT Architects, this historic model has found a contemporary home in the storefront gallery of BSA Space.

Have your say

We invite all visitors to share questions or insights about Boston architecture. We will use this feedback to guide the development of this exhibition. On view in the alcove is a full map of Boston with a rotating series of prompts asking viewers to give feedback on the state of the built environment of Boston. Pop over for a visit and ask the gallery staff for more information.

The BSA Foundation is dedicated to sustaining Boston as a leading global city that employs design thinking to identify and implement best practices to address large urban issues such as sea level rise and climate change. Foundation programs, such as this design charrette focused on making East Boston more resilient, are bringing leading architects and engineers from around the world to share ideas, insights, and experiences to address our coastal city's future.