Seaport World Trade Center
The Seaport World Trade Center is located along the South Boston waterfront near Fort Point Channel. The complex is connected to the Boston Harborwalk, and visitors can stroll from here to the ICA Museum, Fan Pier, Rowe's Wharf, and continue along to the New England Aquarium or points north. A water taxi can also be reserved if you'd like to zip over to Long Wharf or Logan Airport. Originally known as Commonwealth Pier, the World Trade Center in Boston is now operated by the Seaport Hotel for conventions, functions, or meetings.
Some of the trade center's amenities include 163,000 square feet of exhibition space that can accommodate several concurrent events, 41,000 square feet of flexible meeting or function spaces, three grand ballrooms, a large exhibition hall with a permanent concession area, a 5,600 square foot amphitheater with tiered levels that seats nearly 400, and a separate structure known as The Lighthouse, with 18' floor-to-ceiling glass walls and beautiful panoramic views of the city.
The Seaport World Trade Center is comprised of three levels that are called the Harbor, Mezzanine, and Plaza levels. The Plaza level contains the 7,500 square foot Harbor Ball Room, which can be configured in five ways, and also the Harborview and Cityview Ballrooms. The Mezzanine level contains the 3,600 square foot Seaport Ballroom, and the large amphitheater. The Harbor level contains the Waterfront Ballroom, and the main exhibition areas known as the Commonwealth Complex and Commonwealth Hall.
The largest exhibition space in the complex is the 118,000 square foot Commonwealth Hall. Some amenities include: room for 570 10' x 10' booths; four 80' x 30' loading docks for quick off-loading; drive-in access to the exhibition hall, parking for more than 2,300 cars adjacent to the hall; equipped with water, phone, compressed air and floor drains; overhead electrical outlets for both 110 and 220 volts; a fully-furnished show office adjacent to the registration area; a permanent concession location on the exhibit floor; and a state-of-the-art communications back bone.
Many famous conventions have taken place at the Seaport World Trade Center, from mainstay annual flower shows to the famous DECworld exhibitions by the (old) Digital Equipment Corporation back in their hey day.
The Seaport District itself has been extensively developed in the past two decades. The area was originally a large mud flat. The city annexed South Boston, and the state purchased the flats (it was called Commonwealth Flats, hence the original name for the pier). Commonwealth Pier was a debarkation point for World War I soldiers, and later developed into a Convention Center. In 1986, a multi-million dollar renovation was done to the building, and it was re-branded as the Boston World Trade Center.
Several facilities and attractions have been developed in the Seaport District since 1990, including the Boston Convention Center, Boston Cruise Port, Institute of Contemporary Art, Fan Pier, Bank America Pavilion, and the Harborwalk. Several hotels have also been constructed, including the Seaport Hotel. What was once a barren landscape of railroad spurs and junk yards not that long ago, is now a thriving district in the city.
Contact Information & Address:
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210