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Natick Center is a vital, thriving, and interesting place to live, work, and visit. The respect shown for the historical character of our buildings, the prosperous and friendly business atmosphere, the activities and events on the common, and our growth as a center of arts and culture, all make Natick Center a special place.
Designated as a Cultural District by the MA Cultural Council in 2012, Natick Center’s majestic, late 19th-century, “neo-gothic” architecture serves as a visually impressive historic platform for the district’s numerous cultural offerings and its cultural anchors – The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) and the municipally owned Morse Institute Library.
Another key destination within the cultural district is the town common. Quintessentially New England, with its ample green space and wooden gazebo, the common provides an ideal stage for a busy calendar of free public concerts, festivals, and a thriving Farmers Market. The district is a culmination of over a decade of historic preservation and public and private investment in the town center’s streetscape and façade improvements, and cultural facilities.
The district is home to over 100 working artists and dozens of independently owned businesses, and events such as the yearly Natick Open Studios, the Art Walk, and historic walking tours knit together its many activities. And, just steps away from the Common, the world-renowned Walnut Hill School for the Arts brings artists from all over the world to Natick, and down to Main Street to perform in the heart of this wonderful little town.