- A three-minute introduction to the Under One Roof campaign.
Since its founding, NBSS has been located at 39 North Bennet Street in Boston’s North End. The current campus includes a main building and three adjoining townhouses.
For many years, the school has been hampered by the limitations of its facilities. While it has managed to consistently operate without budget deficits, pressure to keep tuition affordable has precluded meaningful operating surpluses to fund significant building improvements.
The availability of two adjacent buildings with a total of 60,000 square feet of industrial space in Boston’s North End is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the expanded facility North Bennet Street School has long needed, while retaining its historic ties to the North End neighborhood. The facility will provide code-compliant and energy-efficient spaces for the school’s training programs, the ability to expand public programs, and increased visibility in the city. For the first time in decades, the school will have space for the entire school to gather, enhancing the educational experience for students and strengthening the school’s sense of community.
- This map shows the three locations of the four sites that house NBSS programs this year. Upper left is the Arlington site, home to the carpentry and preservation carpentry programs, the middle is the North End with programs in both t he North Bennet Street and North Street buildings and the lower right is South Boston, current l ocation of the locksmithing program.
A successful capital campaign will provide more than just a new home for NBSS. It will create a single campus with a renewed sense of community and collaboration:
- Between the school and the local community—by providing space for public events, exhibitions and education programs, as well as an institutional presence on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
- Among students—who will be united in a single facility for the first time in ten years.
- Among faculty members, who will share educational facilities and dedicated meeting space.
- Among the eight craft programs, with common lecture and demonstration areas for jointly sponsored presentations.
- Among members of the school’s staff, able to work together efficiently and collaboratively in a single location.
- Among members of the national and international craft community—who will gather at the school as presenters, exhibitors, and students through the continuing education program.
about the new building and the school's pressing need for space.
Help NBSS meet the challenge… contribute to the capital campaign and help the school reach its goal to reunite the eight programs ‘under one roof’. Contact the director of development Karen Solomon by email or call 617-227-0155 x750 for details or donate online.