Free Guided Walking Tour of Boston’s Innovation and Design Building

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Friends of the Boston HarborWalk are delighted that Tim Murphy and representatives from building owners Jamestown will lead us on a guided tour of the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building.  All are welcome, but please only RSVP if you plan to come, as space is limited and we want to be able to contact you in case of inclement weather. We will meet at Entrance 23 of the Innovation and Design Building, located at 21-23-25 Drydock Avenue (it is a very large building!).

The nearest MBTA stop is the Silver Line Route 2 stop Drydock Ave at Design Center Place. We will join our Jamestown colleagues for an insider’s tour of the IDB, followed by a walk around the surroundings. Expect the tour to take two hours.

According to Jamestown, the eight-story Innovation and Design Building (IDB) complex was constructed on the Commonwealth Flats by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1918, and it originally served as a waterside storehouse for the South Boston Army Base. In its heyday during World War II, 50,000 people worked around the clock at the South Boston Army Base and neighboring South Boston Naval Annex repairing and overhauling American ships and warehousing and distributing a wide range of military goods and supplies.

The City of Boston acquired the IDB facility and neighboring properties from the U.S. Army and Navy in 1983 and established the Boston Marine Industrial Park. The creative and entrepreneurial spirit that presided in South Boston’s 20th Century manufacturing and warehousing zones lives on in the workspaces of today’s innovation economy businesses.

Today the 1.4 million square foot Innovation and Design Building is home to a dynamic mix of companies and industries that include architecture and creative service studios, specialized manufacturing facilities, research and development firms, and technology start-ups. At its western end the IDB complex is anchored by the Boston Design Center, New England’s premier resource for design professionals, with showrooms featuring more than 1,200 luxury furnishing and decorating product lines.

The Friends of the Boston HarborWalk is a volunteer organization with Boston Harbor Now. We meet monthly and host guided walks along Boston’s 47-mile HarborWalk.  If you have participated in one or more of our walks, please consider participating in the Friends or making a small donation to the all-volunteer group.  For more information, please email Mike Manning at [email protected].

Innovation and Design Building, Entrance 23
21-23-25 Drydock Avenue
Boston, MA 02210