85 West Newton Project

85 West Newton Project

The Project is the redevelopment of the site of the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts which was located in the former All Saints Lutheran Church at 85 West Newton Street. IBA had to demolish the structure in 2020 due to severe structural conditions. The site is 9,301 square feet with frontage on West Newton Street. The site is adjacent to City of Boston O’Day Park and the proposed project is designed to have a relationship to West Newton Street, the park, and its neighbors.

The proposed new approximately 26,000 square foot four (4)-story building will create a new multi-purpose community arts center. Uses will include a performance and events multipurpose space, art exhibition space, practice rooms and classrooms, meeting and community rooms, and offices for IBA administration, resident services, youth programming and other arts and services, as well as the property management office for the IBA housing properties.

The vision of the Project is to consolidate IBA’s Operations within one building

  • Support and Integrate IBA’s programs and services
  • Connect and Enhance the Park
  • Offer a Building that is Transparent, Visible, and Welcoming
  • Continue to be a good neighbor and contributor to the District
  • Express through the Building and Programs, Latinx culture
  • Create Progressive, Sustainable and Vibrant architecture


Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. (IBA)
405 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
Chief Executive Officer

Mayra I. Negrón-Roche
Chief Operating Officer

Nina Schwarzschild
150 Upland Road, Cambridge, MA 02140

Peter Munkenbeck
2 Hubbard Park Road, Cambridge, MA 02138

Architecture Team
Studio Enée
460 Hillside Avenue, Suite J
Needham, MA 02494

Ann Beha Architects
33 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111


  • South End Landmark District Commission (SELDC)
    • Staff Reviews (5) + Advisory Review (2)
    • Review of Materials Provided by SELDC
  • Continued and District Analysis
  • Community and Neighborhood Meetings (9)
  • Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA
    • Meetings (7)
      • PARKS
      • TRAFFIC
      • DESIGN
      • ZONING

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