ART BLOCK – A community of Townhomes and Lofts Both townhomes and residential lofts are for sale within Art Block. Distinct in configuration and size, each home is consistent in offering thoroughly modern finishes and detail, in keeping with the resident community of contemporary artist. Indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces and galleries within the ArtBlock enclave enrich not only the local community, but the entire neighborhood.
Art Block finishes were carefully chosen to reflect elegant contemporary design and to provide maximum energy efficiency. This refined selection will create a unique and comforting setting in your Loft or Townhome. Built in 1884, the Joshua Bates School was converted into artists studio space more than two decades ago. Today the photographers, woodturners, painters, and sculptors working out of the Joshua Bates Art Center are an integral part of the South End arts community. The commercial artist studios complement the South Ends eclectic mélange of community theaters, galleries and artists thriving in the district former warehouses. An historic building of national standing, the Bates was designed by Arthur H. Vinal, a prominent Boston architect who also designed Boston Orpheum Theatre and Center Theatre. The grade school was named for Joshua Bates, Boston financier and philanthropist, and founding benefactor of the Boston Public Library. Today, the handsome brick building is part of the South Ends distinctive blend of historic and modern architecture. Boston’s South End is a unique blend of old and new, tradition with the excitement of change. A variety of high quality restaurants, outdoor cafes, performing arts venues, galleries and distinctive shopping make it one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods. You’ll find a wonderful community filled with hidden treasures. One of a kind shops and boutiques await your discovery as you explore the neighborhood. The South End is filled with community gardens, parks and playgrounds, providing unexpected greenspace within the urban landscape. The South End is one of the most diverse communities in the city. And the South End SOWA (south of Washington Street) district has emerged as one of Boston’s most culturally vital neighborhoods. Art aficionados from in and around Boston flock to the gallery scene on the first Friday of each month.