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Building Boston: The Storefront Gallery

01 July - 31 December
Venue: BSA Space
290 Congress Street, Boston

In the 1970s, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) created a model of the City of Boston—calledBuilding 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.