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WGBH Is Moving to Brighton

     Western elevation
Streamlined future home of WGBH
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view from Market Street
View from Market and Guest Streets
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WGBH has been breaking new ground ever since our 1951 broadcast debut. That phrase takes a literal turn as we break ground for the studios in Brighton we will call home come 2006.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for us," says WGBH President Henry Becton, Jr., "or at least once in a half century. WGBH currently operates out of 12 buildings in Boston's Allston neighborhood. For the first time, we're able to design a facility that unifies our operations and that supports and reflects WGBH's distinctive business and public broadcasting mission."

Plans for our move were set in motion when Harvard University announced its intention to end our long-term lease of land owned by them in Allston. This came at an opportune moment, just when WGBH was faced with the hugely expensive project of overhauling our production operations to meet the federally mandated conversion to the new digital broadcasting standard.

WGBH's Brighton studios will connect new construction at the intersection of Market and Guest Streets with a now-unfinished building adjacent to the New Balance headquarters. WGBH's project partners include Polshek Partnership Architects (winner of the Smithsonian's 2004 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture), Janson Design Group (acoustician and broadcast architect), and George B.H. Macomber Company (construction manager).

Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, WGBH President Henry Becton, Jr., and WGBH Board of Trustees Chair Amos Hostetter dig the symbolic first shovels of dirt at our May 2, 2005 groundbreaking.
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Community leaders
Community leaders joining WGBH President Henry Becton (3rd from left) in groundbreaking festivities included City Councilor Jerry McDermott, State Representative Kevin Honan, Brighton Main Streets' Rosie Hanlon, the Stockyard Restaurant's Mark Manning, and State Representative Michael Moran.
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Yawkey Foundation trustees
Yawkey Foundation trustees John L. Harrington, Judy Walden Scarafile, William B. Gutfarb, and Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond break ground with WGBH President Henry Becton.
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Welcoming the Public
While our Allston facilities make it difficult for WGBH to easily welcome in the public we serve, our new studios will provide a vibrant visitor experience for the New England cultural community, our industry colleagues, our members and volunteers, and the people who live, work, or travel in Brighton.

Among the highlights of that visitor experience: radio and TV studios viewable from the street; a 200-seat theater for screenings, lectures, and teacher-training workshops; an FM performance center for live, in-studio concerts; lobby and hallway displays that reflect WGBH's contributions to the lives of millions; "green" features that underscore WGBH's commitment to the environment and the community; and a slowly changing "digital mural" that will make the building a cultural gateway to the neighborhood and downtown Boston.

Breaking New Ground Campaign
WGBH is mounting a special campaign to garner the resources for our new Brighton studios. Breaking New Ground: The Campaign for WGBH will supplement funds from the 2002 sale of our Allston facilities to Harvard.

Our new theater and public hall will be named in memory of Tom and Jean Yawkey, recognizing the Yawkey Foundation's $7 million contribution — the largest philanthropic gift in WGBH's more than 50-year history.

The Yawkey Foundation gift is one of many generous lead contributions to Breaking New Ground: The Campaign for WGBH. This crucial Campaign will help us create efficient, cost-effective new studios from the ground up as well as seize the opportunities born of the new facility.

We welcome your interest in securing WGBH's bright future. For more information, please contact

Winifred Lenihan
Director of Development
617-300-3804 phone
617-300-1032 fax

We look forward to your visiting us in Brighton! (Get directions.) Meanwhile, follow our progress with our Webcam.

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