This past Saturday, my mom and I headed off to Boston early before dinner to check out the annual Fenway Open Studios. I had heard about the historical significance of the building so I did a little research before hand. Here's a little of what I learned on their website:
Fenway Studios was built in 1905 after a fire destroyed the Harcourt Studios on Irvington Street in Boston. The artists in that building lost their life’s work. This event galvanized business and civic leaders, including members of the Copley Society and the St. Botolph Club, to help rebuild space for Boston's artist community as quickly as possible.
The new building was designed so that every one of the 46 studios would have north-facing windows, 12 feet high. The interior plan, with 14-foot high ceilings, was inspired by the 19th century ateliers in Paris, where many of the original artists had studied. The building, which is Arts & Crafts style with clinker brick exterior, is located at 30 Ipswich Street in Boston.
Two days of the year, they old their annual open studios, where various artists open the doors to their private work areas to let the public in for a peak. The building seems dark and old when you walk in, and full of history. There are four floors, each with a long narrow, dark corridor running from one end to the other. As you walk along each corridor, there are certain doors propped open slightly, inviting you in. Every studio is completely different. Some are clean and tidy, while others are cluttered with pastels, pencils, paper and various other knick knacks. The artists are present to answer questions (and usually offer you snacks and/or wine) as well as to sell their work!