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Common Boston, the BSA Foundation's citywide open house festival, is taking a hiatus in 2018.

Last year, the Foundation announced a new strategic plan. As part of that plan, the Foundation has set 2030 as a deadline to deliver on three ambitious goals:

  • Ensuring every child in Greater Boston has access to design education.
  • Providing access to design resources for every neighborhood in Greater Boston.
  • Effecting changes in policies that result in socially and environmentally excellent design for everyone in Greater Boston.

The BSA Foundation strives to achieve these goals through public programs and initiatives and in 2018 will be operationalizing internal resources and engaging its community partners to deliver on them. Part of this process involves assessing existing programs, the resources required to mount them, and their direct alignment with the three articulated goals.

Common Boston is a jubilant program that helps fulfill the Foundation's broad vision of engaging and inspiring residents with the power of design. It is also requires a significant amount of BSA staff time and other resources to organize, coordinate and mount successfully. Its hiatus will enable the Foundation to evaluate its entire suite of programming and refocus its human and financial resources.

The Foundation thanks our wonderful leadership, partner sites, sponsors, and volunteers for two very successful and festive seasons, and promise to stay connected as we lay plans for the future. In the meantime, discover other opportunities to participate in Foundation programs and join the charge to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change.

June of 2017 marked the eleventh year of Common Boston, and the second year of collaboration with the BSA Foundation to produce an open house festival of architecture and design! Based in part on “open house” weekends in cities like New York and Chicago, the Common Boston festival offers unique access to dozens of architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places—many not open to the public, and all for free!

Discover and explore sacred historic sites, sky-high offices, underground entertainment venues, repurposed mansions, hidden infrastructure, unique learning spaces, private parks, and more. In just a single weekend, you can experience all new sites, as well as some of your favorites from the last 11 years of Common Boston.

For all inquiries, please email

This is a program of the BSA Foundation.

Past Events

June 3, 2017 (All day) - June 4, 2017 (All day)
June 2, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
June 30, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
June 4, 2016 (All day) - June 5, 2016 (All day)