The century-plus-old shipwreck discovered last year in the foundation of a new Seaport office building will inspire a monument to Boston’s shipping past.
Developer Skanska USA said Thursday that it will turn the plaza between two office towers at 101 Seaport Blvd. and 121 Seaport Blvd. into “Harbor Way,” an “interactive walking museum” with displays depicting the now-booming business district’s past as a working waterfront, the engineering effort it took to fill in tidal flats there in 1896, and the final voyage of the wrecked ship, believed to be from Rockland, Maine.
The 20,000-square-foot open space between the two buildings — one of which is still under construction — offered a chance to create a public amenity in the Seaport and tell some of the area’s history, said Charley Leatherbee, who heads Skanska’s Boston office. He said it also will include an “augmented reality” app visitors can use as a guide.
“Many of Boston’s neighborhoods preserve the past in compelling ways,” Leatherbee said in a statement. “We are introducing the Seaport’s story in a way that marries Boston’s reverence for preserving history with the Innovation District’s spirit.”
The 70-foot walkway fits into a longer promenade being planned by WS Development as that company reworks plans for large parking lots it owns next door, but it is independent of the WS project, a Skanska spokeswoman said. Skanska will open the plaza after it finishes the 121 Seaport building in early 2018.
People who want to see the wrecked boat itself, though, will have to talk their way into the office tower. Wooden remnants of the ship were turned into furniture, which will be used in common areas and conference rooms.Tim Logan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.