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. 

Meet and Greet with the Public Art Finalists on Tuesday, December 11, 5:30 pm:

Meet the percent-for-art public art finalists on Tuesday, December 11, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, at 500 Kendall Street, on the First Floor. The location at 500 Kendall Street is in the BioMed building inside a former cafe space on the first floor. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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:

Learn more about the Foundry Consortium on their website: