The Face of the Neighborhood: An NBSS Virtual Tour

North Bennet Street School building

The Face of the Neighborhood: A Virtual Tour of America's First Trade School

A part of Boston Design Week 2020 and In the Making

Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Free event, space is limited

Boston Design WeekSince its founding in 1881, NBSS has been a fixture of its North End neighborhood. Originally nestled in several small buildings within the interior of the community, the School moved to its expansive new home-the most prominent surviving example of Georgian Revival civic architecture in Boston-near the Rose Kennedy Greenway in 2013. Designed by noted architect John M. Gray, the Depression-era masonry structures were envisioned as a single civic complex with three distinct facades as part of the East Boston Tunnel project in 1934. The buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

The award-winning renovation project by Kennedy & Violich Architecture linked two of these abandoned municipal buildings, unifying the School's extensive workshops and administration under one roof, while also creating a vibrant center for traditional trades in an urban environment.

Learn more about the architectural significance of these buildings, and the ambitious renovation project that brought about a new home for NBSS, America's first trade school.


In the MakingThis conversation is also part of In the Making, a new public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more about In the Making, and view a full list of participants, at the series homepage here.