The Foundry

The Foundry Exterior

The Foundry, a brick and timber frame industrial building, built in 1890, will be repurposed into a creative, innovative and collaborative multipurpose center. When completed, it will provide public community space and programming for art, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education. 

The building will be accessible and inclusive to Cambridge residents of all ages and backgrounds, and its location on the border of Kendall Square and East Cambridge provides an ideal opportunity to connect residents to some of the world's most visible companies in life sciences, technology and innovation.

The Foundry property is owned by the City of Cambridge and is being developed by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA). Through a Request for Proposal process in 2018, the CRA selected the Foundry Consortium to act as operator and master tenant, with responsibility for managing the building, establishing and managing a programming framework, and recruiting sub-tenants.

As part of the Foundry construction project, Cambridge Arts will commission an artist, team of artists, or multiple artists to create public art as part of the percent-for-art ordinance. A jury met and selected three finalists: Masary Studios, Elisa Hamilton, and Innovators for Purpose. 

New Date - First Chance To See Public Art Proposed For Foundry: Feb. 26, 6 p.m.

Due to snow and other conflicts, the Foundry Public Art meeting is being rescheduled to Feb. 26:

The first chance to see public art proposed for Cambridge’s Foundry will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Police Department first floor meeting room, 125 Sixth St., Cambridge.

The three finalists for the project—Elisa Hamilton, Innovators for Purpose and Masary Studios—will present their proposals. Then there will be a break-out session at which members of the public are invited speak with the artists, review sketches of their designs, ask questions and give feedback.


On Feb. 28, one artist or team will be chosen by a site committee to create a public artwork for the 130-year-old industrial building at 101 Rogers St., which is being repurposed into a public community space for art, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education.

The public art project is funded by the City of Cambridge's Percent-for-Art ordinance, which requires that 1 percent of the construction costs on municipal capital investment projects be designated for use in developing site-responsive public artwork.

Learn more about the Foundry:

Click here to download the Foundry Percent for Art Criteria for the Public Art Proposals. 

Click here to download the Foundry Process Flow Chart. 

Learn more about the Foundry at the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority website: http://www.cambridgeredevelopment.org/foundry/

Learn more about the Foundry Consortium on their website: https://cambridgefoundry.org/