Seaport’s 100 Pier 4 Could Soon Be Home to a New Arts Destination

Three finalists will present their plans for a 20,000-square-foot civic and cultural space.

Seaport District, Boston, MA

Three finalists seeking occupy a new civic and cultural space in the South Boston waterfront will hold public presentations next week.

The finalists—Celebrity Series of Boston, Steinway Society of Massachusetts, and The Society of Arts and Crafts—will present their vision for the interior and exterior space located at 100 Pier 4 Boulevard on July 6 at District Hall, as requested by Mayor Marty Walsh’s office.

In April, the Boston Redevelopment Authority sought suitors for the 20,000 space at the base of 100 Pier 4, a 21-story luxury high-rise owned by UDR, Inc. and situated on the Harborwalk. Celebrity Series of Boston has proposed a music event venue, while the Society of Arts and Crafts has plans for an interior and exterior exhibition space, reference library, and multi-purpose auditorium. The Steinway Society of Massachusetts has proposed a small concert hall, music studios and an exterior music facility.

“The assemblage of open space and new civic and cultural facilities are the kind of special public destinations that will help transform the South Boston waterfront into a vibrant and popular year-round public destination,” BRA Deputy Director for Waterfront Planning Richard McGuinness said in a release. “The South Boston waterfront is evolving into a strong civic and cultural district with facilities located both along the water’s edge and within the neighborhood.”

The Artist Book Foundation has requested to collaborate with the winner, proposing 1,000 square-feet of gallery and bookstore space.