Congratulations Finegold Alexander!


After a heated bidding battle, Finegold Alexander captured the coveted Golden Spatula for a second year in a row with their handsome gingerbread entry, “Two if by Sea” (the Old North Church).  Connor Architecture and their stunning State House gave them a run for their money until the final moments.

Congratulations Finegold Alexander!

Thank you Connor Architecture!

And an enormous THANK YOU to all of our bidders and bakers — you have made this year a tremendous success.  The gingerbread auction raised over $7,000 — more than double last year’s event, and, most importantly, this allows us to look at expanding our work in 2015.

Thank you.
The houses will stay on view at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) through the holidays.  Open daily 10am-6pm (closed on Christmas Day), free and open to the public.

Happy Holidays!



The Gingerbread auction is live!

Bid early, bid often….  Bid here.

This sweet fundraiser supports serious work.

This works like a people’s choice.  All bids count; the house that garners the highest total amount of donations will be declared the winner.

Donations of any size welcome.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible and directly support CDRC programs.  The CDRC is a 501c3 nonprofit.

The donor who makes the highest individual donation on each house gets to choose the post-show fate of that house.  (These houses have ended up in living rooms, at office and union holiday parties, and donated to schools or shelters or other neighborhood organizations — it varies.  When the time comes, we’ll help with that.)

The auction website has slideshows of each of these amazing, incredible “houses.”  Here’s a sneak peak:


The houses are all on view at BSA Space, in the sidewalk-level gallery at 290 Congress Street.  Free and open to the public daily:  M-F 10am-6pm, S/S 10am-5pm.

The auction and gallery show are open through Monday, December 22 at 8pm.  Please join us at a closing reception December 22, 6-8pm where we will announce the winner.

Thank you to the architects and designers!  You’ve cooked up a whole lot of deliciousness.

Our houses and their bakers include (in alphabetical order):

“Holiday Cheer State House” by Connor Architecture

“Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad.” by designLAB architects

 “The Hobbit House” by Dore and Whittier

 “Two if By Sea” by Finegold Alexander Associates

 “Welcome to East Boston” by Jones Payne Group

“Winter at the Old State House” by Levi + Wong Design Associates

“Lexington Solar House” by Paul Lukez Architecture

“Greenway Carousel, Fit for All” by Royal Icing Headache (Molly Flueckiger, Disability Advocate + Katherine Blakeslee, Institute for Human Centered Design)

“Longfellow Bridge” by STV Incorporated

Thank you!

We know you’re hungry to start bidding…

BSA Space is full of tasty and beautiful ginger creations! From historic landmarks to infrastructure and solar dwellings, this is gingerbread as you’ve never seen before. We’ve been making our lists and checking them twice, getting the auction website ready. Coming very VERY soon….later tonight or tomorrow…

As we wait, watch one of our ginger architects hard at work:


Start your ovens! Gingerbread is here


UPDATE 12/23: THE AUCTION IS NOW CLOSED.  THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS.  Visit the houses at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston.  Free & open to the public daily, 10am-5pm (closed Christmas Day).


This sweet fundraiser supports serious work, and generates holiday cheer.

Architecture and design firms, schools, and individuals have submitted(!) entries to the third annual CDRC Gingerbread House Design Competition, Exhibition, + Auction.

Submissions are on view at 290 Congress Street at BSA Space and in Waterfront Square through December 22, 2014 (open seven days, 10am-6pm M-F, 10am-5pm weekends).  During this time, donations can be made online and in person in support of the houses. Donations of ANY size welcome and all donations count; this works like a ‘people’s choice’:  the house that generates the most in total donations will be declared winner. Donations are 100% tax-deductible. The individual who provides the highest donation for each house may decide the post-exhibit fate of that house.   Additional award categories may be recognized.  All proceeds benefit the Community Design Resource Center of Boston.


Exhibit + Auction Open                                                                  Monday, December 8

Learning by Design Family Design DayGingerbread Edition             Saturday, December 13, 10:30am + 1:30pm

Reception                                                                                      Monday, December 22, 6:00-8:00pm

Auction Close + Winner Announced                                                 Monday, December 22, 8:00pm

Houses Distributed                                                                         Tuesday, December 23

The auction is online through Monday, December 22, 8pm.

The Learning by Design Family Design Day sessions are both sold out.

Contact CDRC executive director Gretchen Schneider at or 617 391 4024 with questions.

The photo above, from the 2013 CDRC Gingerbread Design Competition, features houses from designLAB, Ruhl Walker Architects, and UMass Dartmouth Department of Design and Facilities