MPA was hired as the Architect of Record to manage the construction and completion of a 2007 design. The project consisted of two buildings totaling 21,800 SF of new construction: one building sat on a fixed pier structure, the other on a 7,770 square foot floating barge. The Pier Building houses a gift shop, assembly rooms and staff offices. The Barge Building houses the museum’s exhibit spaces and the Abigail Adams Tea Room. Tied to the barge are the authentic replica ships Beaver and Eleanor. The project posed unique challenges since the site is located just off of the Congress Street bridge and is exposed to the ocean. This required a great deal of site utility coordination, and caused accessibility challenges due to the building’s constant movement with the change of tides and passing boats.
Finishes were selected with two priorities:
1) Stay as true to the times as possible by preserving the look of the original Boston Tea Party in 1773.
2) Maintain as much historic value as possible; durability was a key factor due to the site’s tremendous amounts of foot traffic.