Developer Skanska USA plans to add what it calls an interactive museum to its under-construction Harbor Way between the office buildings 101 Seaport Boulevard and 121 Seaport Boulevard in Boston’s Seaport District.
The open-air, public museum will include an augmented-reality exhibit that will sync to a downloadable phone application for tours.
And what will it all be about? In May 2016, during construction of 121 Seaport, a Skanska employee noticed the remains of what turned out to be a 19th-century schooner that had caught fire and sank.
Why were the remains of the ship so relatively far inland? Because that area of Boston, like so many others, had since been reclaimed from the sea.
The Harbor Way museum will cover that 1896 infill as well as the Seaport’s general evolution from actual busy port to trendy neighborhood. The museum will include coverage of the artifacts that archaeologists found within the shipwreck and details of the doomed schooner’s final voyage from Rockland, Maine, to the South Boston Flats.
Some of the ship’s wood, too, will find its way into furniture in 121 Seaport, according to Skanska USA.
The developer hopes to wrap that tower and the 70-foot-wide, 20,000-square-foot Harbor Way in 2018. Stay tuned.