Naming Opportunities - Buildings


Artist's rendering of 160 Massachusetts Avenue

Berklee welcomes charitable gifts made to name buildings, facilities, and programs at the college in recognition of those have made significant accomplishments in support of Berklee's mission. Our community is enriched by their names being a permanent part of the college.

160 Massachusetts Avenue

160 Massachusetts Avenue, formerly called 168, is a mixed-use development being constructed on a 13,350 SF lot on the east side of Massachusetts Avenue one block south of Boylston Street. This new 155,000 ± SF, 16-story building will include 370 beds of student housing, enabling the college to house all of its entering students for the first time. These students will share two-story community rooms, practice and ensemble rooms and a small fitness center.

The project also will include a 400-seat dining hall and evening performance venue, ground floor retail space, and recording studios and other music technology spaces located on two levels below grade.

Designed by the award-winning firm of William Rawn Associates, Architects of Boston, the lower three levels of the building will feature dramatic, floor-to-ceiling glass, giving passersby views of student activity and music performances within the building. The upper floors will feature large, loft-type windows and a distinctive, tinted stainless steel façade.

150 Massachusetts Avenue

The 150 Massachusetts Avenue building is the nerve center of the Berklee campus. This high-visibility site, seen by thousands traveling on Massachusetts Avenue daily, began life in the Jazz Age as the elegant Embassy Hotel, built by the old-line Brahmin families, Cabot and Forbes. Today, it is home to the largest residence hall at Berklee; several academic departments, including Music Production and Engineering, Electronic Production and Design, Film Scoring, Contemporary Writing and Production, Composition, Jazz Composition, and Songwriting; the college's recording studio complex, practice rooms, ensemble rooms, music laboratories, the Learning Center, and the Stan Getz Media Center and Library. More students, faculty, staff, and friends travel through this facility on a daily basis than any other on campus.

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1140 Boylston Street

When Berklee founder Lawrence Berk moved the college from a small brownstone building at 284 Newbury Street to 1140 Boylston Street, the site of the former Bostonian Hotel, a new era for the college was born. Originally, the building was split in half vertically. Half was used as a residence hall and hotel while the remainder was transformed into the educational and administrative offices of the college. Today, the 66,920-square-foot building houses the Office of the President and most of the college vice presidents as well as administrative operations and many academic department chairs. The exterior of the building has been attractively renovated and features interesting architectural details. Significant internal renovations are underway.

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25-39 Fordham Road, Allston

In order to respond to student requests for additional practice space, Berklee has acquired and renovated 25-39 Fordham Road, in Boston's Allston neighborhood, where many Berklee students live. This structure has significantly improved the ability of Berklee students and ensembles to practice in modern and attractive surroundings.

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Many other naming opportunities are available at Berklee, please contact Cindy Albert Link.