Common Boston Weekend ’09

Two H+A buildings were the focus of events during Common Boston Weekend 09, a weekend-long celebration in June that provides an opportunity for Bostonians to engage with new places and to interact with people who shape the city.

PP.ext.night Project Place Gatehouse in Boston's South End [photo by Bruce Martin]

On June 21st, H+A Associate David Tabenken gave a tour of Gatehouse, the mixed used building completed in 2007 in Boston’s South End that serves as headquarters for Project Place, a non-profit agency providing education, job training, housing, and support services for people experiencing homelessness. The event began with a talk by Gordie Calkin’s of Heading Home, a partner organization that develops and supports housing for homeless individuals.

View from a street FP3 in Boston's Fort Point arts district [photo by Bruce Martin]

Meanwhile, David Hacin, who serves on the advisory board for Common Boston, was across town in the Fort Point Channel District giving a tour of FP3. Completed in 2008, the mixed-use building contains residential condominiums and three restaurants within two renovated historic warehouses, a new infill building, and a three story terraced rooftop addition. The FP3 tour began in the building’s lobby/gallery [lined with reclaimed lumber from the existing buildings], visited the H+A designed model unit, and terminated at one of the building’s Barbara Lynch owned establishments, Drink, located at the lower level of the building.

H+A was pleased to participate in Common Boston Weekend and share our work and knowledge with other architects, urbanists, and curious city-dwellers.