The Boston Architectural College was pleased to host a celebratory reception to commemorate the opening of the newest campus building at 951 Boylston Street on the evening of Thursday, December 13.
Approximately 200 members and friends of the BAC Community, including Back Bay neighbors and project partners, Commodore Builders and the Institute for Human Centered Design, were in attendance for the unveiling of this $14 million purchase and renovation project.
Guests arrived through the main entrance on Boylston Street, which is universally accessible for the first time since it was built in 1887. The celebration took place on the first floor, which featured an exhibition of student work in the gallery space and a visual history of the building on display in the lecture hall. BAC President Ted Landsmark made the evening's remarks and encouraged guests to explore the second and third floor studio space.
"We are grateful to the designers, builders, staff, faculty, and students who contributed to the completion of this renovation, and to our donors, neighbors, and governance who have been supportive throughout this project," said Dr. Ted Landsmark. "We have renovated an iconic 19th-century Boylston Street police station into a great learning and community space, while simultaneously completing a geo-thermal well drilling and Green Alley sustainability project in the back alley between our buildings. These projects demonstrate our strong belief that we will sustain the BAC for another century as a distinctive, Back Bay–based multi-disciplinary professional design school that provides excellent, accessible, practice-based, and innovative design education for the next generations of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and design thinkers."