One Weekend. Your City Unlocked. 

The BSA Foundation is proud to report that #CB17, the second year of Greater Boston’s open-house festival weekend, was a huge success—with vastly improved weather from 2016! The BSA Foundation thanks Common Boston site partners, community partners, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for their support and enthusiasm that opened doors citywide to thousands of festival participants.

Longtime residents and first time visitors alike took to the streets during the weekend of June 3 and 4 to explore 59 sites across Boston that were either uniquely open to the public for one weekend only (such as the Cooper Frost Austin House in Cambridge), or that provided a special behind-the-scenes opportunity just for Common Boston visitors (such as the Boston Public Market). The night prior to the open house portion of the weekend, 150 revelers kicked off the festival with the annual dParty at BSA Space, enjoying The New Inflatable Moment exhibition, libations, and a chance to plan their Common Boston adventure.

For a full recap of the weekend's festivities, click here

Check out just some of the events that happened at CB17 below or download a PDF of our program.

See the sites that were featured in the festival HERE


Instagram Photo Contest

Hundreds of photos were shared as part of this Photo Contest, in partnership with IGBoston. Festival participants posted images of their favorite sites and points of view throughout the city over the course of the weekend. Congratulations to the talented winners!

L Street Power Station. Photo by: Matthew Dickey

L Street Power Station. Photo by: Matthew Dickey

Trinity Church. Photo by: Bob Canto

Trinity Church. Photo by: Bob Canto


Friday June 2nd | dParty: Utopian Visions

The night prior to the open house portion of the Common Boston festival weekend, 150 revelers kicked off the festival with the annual dParty at BSA Space, enjoying The New Inflatable Moment exhibition, libations, and a chance to plan their Common Boston adventure. Hosted at BSA Space alongside, The New Inflatable Moment exhibition, the dParty featured utopian dreamscapes, an inflatable lounge, and tours by exhibition curator and past Common Boston chair, Mary Hale AIA. In keeping with the theme of Utopian Visions, attendees were encouraged to channel their inner Haus-Rucker-Co (featured in the exhibition) and wear white.

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Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4 | Common Boston Weekend

During the weekend of June 3 and 4, Visitors were encouraged to explore 59 sites across Boston that were either uniquely open to the public for one weekend only or that provided a special behind-the-scenes opportunity just for Common Boston visitors.
From innovative wood shops and rooftop gardens to 300 year old houses and tiffany's stained glass adorned sacred spaces, Common Boston's diverse range of sites shed light on the great and hidden architecture of Boston. Participants were allowed unparalleled access to unique sites that contribute to making greater Boston such an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Visitors were encouraged to share their favorite spots with #CB17! 

Boston Architectural College. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Boston Architectural College. Photo by: Avery Robertson

The BSA Space. Photo by: Avery Robertson

The BSA Space. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Loved the event & the history behind it! It was great learning more about the history of Boston.
— festival volunteer
Captain Lemuel Clapp House | Dorchester Historical Society. Photo by: Monica Sawhney

Captain Lemuel Clapp House | Dorchester Historical Society. Photo by: Monica Sawhney

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Photo by Dr. Meral Ekincioglu

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Photo by Dr. Meral Ekincioglu

Frederic Law Olmsted’s office and house invited the visitors of Common Boston 17 to a historical journey in the world’s first full-scale professional office for practice of landscape design established in 1883, its production process, tools, organizational understanding and a personal life behind them
— Dr. Meral Ekincioglu
Ayer Mansion. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Ayer Mansion. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Ether Dome at MGH. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Ether Dome at MGH. Photo by: Avery Robertson

The best part for me was the diversity of the places. I went from a classic, highly decorated church to a modest and gorgeous Synagogue to an old operation room. It was great!
— festival attendee
Grain Wood Shop. Photo by: Valerie Robertson

Grain Wood Shop. Photo by: Valerie Robertson

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Northeastern ISEC Building. Photo by: Rasvan Popa

Northeastern ISEC Building. Photo by: Rasvan Popa

Exploring Northeastern University’s new ISEC building was a great experience. Such an innovative display of architecture.
— festival attendee
L Street Power Station. Photo by: Matthew Dwyer

L Street Power Station. Photo by: Matthew Dwyer

I loved seeing inside the L Street Power Station; uncovering hidden and private buildings was my favorite part of CB
— festival attendee
Boston Architectural College. Photo by: Mariana Krueger

Boston Architectural College. Photo by: Mariana Krueger

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Photo by: Avery Robertson

Historic Boston Inc | Eustis Street Firehouse. Photo by: Jean

Historic Boston Inc | Eustis Street Firehouse. Photo by: Jean