Every day the Navy Yard Partners: the National Parks of Boston, USS Constitution Museum, USS Constitution, and Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston, interpret history, run programs, and host events. A year and a half ago the collaborative began working on a plan to better serve the community by re-imagining the visitor experience. The Partners engaged Sasaki Associates, a global design firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts, to guide them through the complex planning process of this endeavor.
The NPB and Boston Society of Architects (BSA) engaged three
Boston architectural firms: EYP, The Design Lab, and Charles
Rose Architects to participate in a day long design workshop on
September 20, 2019 with representatives from the National Park
Service, City of Boston, Ropewalk developers and the Charlestown
The Charlestown Navy Yard has proudly served the nation for nearly two hundred years. Here, naval personnel and thousands of civilian workers built, repaired, and supplied warships from the majestic vessels of the nineteenth century to the powerful steel navy that sailed from Boston to defend freedom. Home to USS Constitution since 1897, the Navy Yard now welcomes nearly a million visitors each year.
Today, the Navy Yard is poised to serve a vital community function: as a connector to our heritage and a contributor to contemporary life and learning. The Visitor Experience Plan unveils a forward-looking vision for the Navy Yard. The result of a thorough and consensus-driven process, it is part plan and part provocation. It sees the Navy Yard for the amazing resource that it is and for what it might become. The Visitor Experience Plan strives to project the boundless optimism, ambition, and innovation that has defined the Navy Yard; the home of America’s Ship of State. Join us in transforming the Navy Yard!
The Navy Yard’s layered landscape reflects centuries of naval heritage – buildings, machinery, shipyard infrastructure, and landscape features. The preservation and enhancement of these resources is critical to the CNY experience.