make new memories
About Commonwealth Pier
Enhanced and extensive public spaces. New retail, office and event spaces. So many exciting ways to connect to the waterfront. In short—A more vibrant, multi-use environment for all is coming soon.
Space to make new memories
The Commonwealth Pier Harborwalk will be enhanced and expanded—featuring wider walkways inviting visitors to experience breathtaking harbor views as well as new landscaping, lighting and seating; access to cruise ships, public art, and connectivity to retail and restaurants.
The Pier will be designed to welcome pedestrians into the site by improving connectivity throughout the entire destination. We’re introducing a new grand staircase, widened sidewalks, and clear and accessible circulation including escalators, stairs and elevator access.
Commonwealth Pier’s new event spaces will be a continuation of the Seaport Hotel’s event and meeting spaces, service and quality. Make sure to check back soon—more details about these new indoor and outdoor facilities will be available in the coming months.
We’re introducing 45,000 sq ft of new retail spaces—this includes shopping along Seaport Boulevard and a new restaurant and dining terrace across the upper level of the iconic Headhouse structure.
We’re creating a new 25,000 sq ft public plaza facing the waterfront, designed to act as a hub and accommodate year-round activities.
We’re carving out five waterfront multi-use, covered spaces around the Pier—giving the public plenty of seating options and space for year-round programming.
From family-friendly activities to a wide variety of new events, our programming will cultivate a vibrancy distinct to Commonwealth Pier.
Space to explore
The Commonwealth Pier revitalization builds on a rich history to create a more vibrant, mixed-use environment for all. By bringing fresh ideas and perspectives, as well as high quality craftsmanship to this reimagined site, Commonwealth Pier will prove responsive and adaptable for today’s expectations and tomorrow’s opportunities.
“When we started this endeavor, we began by imagining what the potential impact of this building could be. The deeper we dove into the building, the less we wanted to change what was already there—and the more we wanted to bring it back to life.
The building almost created a language that we enforced with all our new insertions. All the new elements—they’re all open, transparent, and very sharp in the detail—but it’s almost like…you can see where we made the cut-out. We don’t try to hide it; We leave the surfaces intact. It was more about finding the essence of the building, and the qualities which were already there, to then slowly start to scrape off the layers to see what we could find within the building.
One example of where we’re taking away a piece of the building to actually recreate the old image of the building is in the creation of the public plaza.
The idea was that this would be the space that connects all the public parts of the Pier—places like restaurants, shopping, and areas to just enjoy your surroundings. It’s also where commuters and people walking to office spaces would cross to get where they’re going. The plaza in turn acts as this very vibrant, accessible, connected piece of the building for everyone.
That’s what we all were really trying to do with the revitalized Commonwealth Pier. It’s the blend of rediscovering the building, feeling the historical strength that was there, and adding new layers that lead this building and environment into our day and age for anyone who wants to visit.”
Over its storied past, Commonwealth Pier has served as the center of the American wool trade, a port of entry for immigrants, a major transportation hub—and largely—a place of exchange in Boston.
This restoration embraces our heritage while introducing contemporary, new ways to engage the building’s unique structure and character to preserve its use well into the future.
Space to nurture
We’re implementing sustainable design elements such as provisions for future solar panels and energy storage, composting and recycling. We are also making the pier resilient to rising tides and storm intensity threats—ensuring Commonwealth Pier meets the challenges anticipated from climate change well into 2070.