Seaport Common

The Birch Walk creates a shaded corridor along the edge of the busy Common, screened from busy city life by dense canopy. Photography courtesy of Sahar-Coston Hardy.
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The streets, sidewalks, and open spaces of South Boston’s historic waterfront form the fabric of a twenty-first-century live-work neighborhood.

A new public realm planned by Reed Hilderbrand sustains new offices, laboratories, diverse retail spaces, and residential towers. In the landscape framework plan for the Seaport, the largest urban real estate development in the City of Boston conceived of Seaport Common as a key pedestrian passage and destination.

Seaport Common serves at once as a plaza for events and gathering and as a place of shade and refuge from the busy streets. A strong civic identity is also present in the landscape, which is distinguished by the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial. This 50’ reflective steel obelisk designed by James Carpenter Design Associates rises as a beacon along Northern Avenue, one block from the harbor’s edge.


Boston, Massachusetts




1 acre park, .35 acres streetscape