New Beantown Museum


AMNP is obviously going to support anything that stands as a tribute to the greatness of The Bean – so I’m glad to see things moving along with the Boston Museum. Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the museum would double as a food market, and also include a number of other amenities – if the Turnpike Authority, which owns the property and is supposedly reviewing proposals by developers. It’d also be great to get an multi-purpose anchor on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, drawing more people to the space. While this end of the Greenway seems to be used regularly [workers at lunch, people moving in + out of Boston’s ‘North End’, etc], a large attraction can only help the public space. Now we just need something on the South Station end…

A $120 million museum and food market would be built along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway under a plan to transform streets near Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the MBTA’s Haymarket Station into an arts and culture district.

Executives of Boston Museum, a nonprofit group, are bidding to build a five-story, 100,000-square-foot glass and terra cotta facility on a sliver of land at the corner of Blackstone and North streets. The ground floor would be reserved for a food market, while the top four floors would contain exhibits focused on Massachusetts history. There would also be a gift shop, cafe, theater, and classroom and community space. “It’s important for the city to evolve and give people reasons to come back,” said Frank Keefe, chief executive of Boston Museum. “This will be a great educational institution to expand tourism and help school kids become literate about local history.”

The museum would house five galleries with interactive exhibits focused on different themes throughout the state’s 400-year history: innovation, politics, sports, growth and development, and people and immigration.


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::images via Cambridge Seven Associates::

Posted: April 8th, 2009
at 7:52pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,museum

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