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Saturday, January 06, 2007

BAC buys former ICA building

The Boston Business Journal reports that the Boston Architectural College has bought the building that formerly housed the Institute of Contemporary Art. The ICA sold the building to the real estate development firm Samuels and Associates in 2006 and moved to their current location on the South Boston Waterfront last year.

The BAC, where I plan to get my Interior and Architecture degrees if I can ever get out of debt, "will use the adjacent 25,423 square-foot building to expand its Back Bay campus. Currently headquartered in a 20th century brutalist-style building at 320 Newbury St., the BAC has had its eye on the renovated 19th century building for some time, said Janet Oberto, a spokeswoman for the architectural college."

I've heard stories that the studios in the current BAC building are rather tight, with little natural sunlight. Perhaps this former police station/art gallery/museum will be just what the overworked architecture students need.

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