The Hub on Causeway
The Heart of Boston

Since 1928, the area that formerly housed The Boston Garden has been known as one of the most iconic parts of the city of Boston.  Originally intended to be one of many built all over the country, the building's concept was inspired by Madison Square Garden in New York City and was slated to be dubbed, 'Boston Madison Square Garden'. Distinctively shortened to the 'Boston Garden', its design intent was just as unique, being one of the first notable venues to bring an immersive experience to its visitors.  It was designed so every fan could “see the sweat on the boxers’ brows”. This drew the seats closer to the stage, creating unbelievable acoustics including iconic shows from r. The Beatles,  to KISS, and even the Rolling Stones.  The Celtics and Bruins called the original Garden home and many cultural events - like the rally held by Senator John F. Kennedy in the final days of campaigning for the presidency in 1960 - are among a few that are its legacy. 

As the heartbeat of the city, the original Boston Garden was an admired building.  Yet, not without its flaws, it closed its doors in 1995 and was replaced by the current TD Garden that same year.  As a city of titles, The Garden holds ownership as New England’s biggest sports arena hosting upwards of 3.5 million visitors each year.  Built nine inches away from its predecessor, it has kept Boston’s soul in the North End becoming a connection between some of the city’s most historic sites and downtown.   

As the inner hub of the city, it is only fitting that it is also a focal point of The Hub on Causeway, an “entertainment and creative district for the City of Boston”.  The 1.5 million square feet addition to The Garden is comprised of retail, corporate, and hospitality space. Defining itself as a “transit-oriented development”, it brought substantial improvements to North Station, rebuilt the North Washington Street Bridge, brought parks to the Greenway, and became the point of connection for all modes of transportation.  The revitalization began in January of 2016 and phase one and two were completed in November of 2019. The third and final phase is on track to be completed in 2021, and with it will bring to a close a destination almost a century in the making. 

Interested in reading more? Check out this article, highlighting the grand opening of the Hub on Causeway.



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