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Greg Galer, Executive Director, Boston Preservation Alliance

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Executive Director

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A Remarkable Night for Boston

October 23rd, 2013  |  Posted by: Greg Galer

Alliance President, Susan Park and Alliance Executive Director, Greg Galer present Mayor Menino with the John Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement

Alliance President, Susan Park, and Alliance Executive Director, Greg Galer, present Mayor Menino with the John Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement

This past Monday night the Preservation Alliance held its 25th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards at Emerson’s Paramount Theater. It was a remarkable showing of about 400 people covering a wide spectrum of those interested in the city’s preservation: local advocates, regulators from city staff and boards/commissions, craftsman and trades people, architects, engineers, property owners and financers, and on and on.  It was electrifying to look out from the stage or wade through the throngs at the reception and to feel that the Preservation Alliance has successfully engaged those in the city who really have made and continue to make a difference in the city’s success and vitality.

We all came together to celebrate and honor past award winners from 25 years, 12 new project winners, and to bestow upon Mayor Menino the Alliance’s Codman Lifetime Achievement award. At a time when our overall faith in government, particularly Congress, is insanely low and at a time when our city is on the cusp of a leadership change it hasn’t seen in decades, it is important to remind ourselves that despite the current state of national politics we can work together for community benefit and to reach successful outcomes.

The people in Paramount were unified in support of the common goal to make Boston a better city — unified in seeing real value in the unique character of the city derived from its historic resources. And unified in celebrating the unique character of the city and its continued vitality which builds from our Boston’s distinctiveness.  Sure, we don’t all agree all the time on each preservation issue, and that’s ok.  Debate and dialog is healthy and constructive.  As Anthony Pangaro of Millennium Partners reminded us, the poking and prodding from preservationists leads in the end to more successful projects for developers and owners and for the city. The beauty of the Alliance’s Annual Preservation Awards is that this event allows us to celebrate these collaborative efforts, reminds us of our common goals and our recent successes, and prods us to strive for projects to be rewarded next year.

The group assembled Monday night in support of the Alliance says in volumes what many words cannot. Preservation is alive and well in Boston!

Oh, so many, many thanks to all the attendees, sponsors including our lead sponsors Millennium Partners, Related Beal and Suffolk construction (68 total sponsors this year!). And of course congratulations to our project award winners and Mayor Menino.

 

Award Winners

131 Clarendon Street — Brookline Bank

234 Berkeley Street — WS Development

951 Boylston Street — Boston Architectural College

Boston Common Men’s Convenience Station/ Earl of Sandwich — Planet Hollywood International & Boston Parks & Recreation Department

Brighton Mile Marker — MA Department of Transportation

Dorcas Window Restoration — Church of the Covenant

Gordon Hall Window Restoration — Harvard University Medical School

Hayden Building — Historic Boston Incorporated

Hostelling International Boston — American Youth Hostels- Boston Hostels

Second Brazer Building — Fidelity Investments

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital — Partners Healthcare Real Estate & Facilities

St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church — Archdiocese of Boston

 

Honorary Committee

Anthony Pangaro  – Millennium Partners

Robert Beal – Related Beal

John Fish – Suffolk Construction

Peter Diana – Carpenter & Company

Joseph Geller – Stantec

Thomas Goemaat – Shawmut Design and Construction

Frederick Kramer – ADD, Inc.

David Manfredi – Elkus Manfredi Architects

Jan Miller – Eastern Bank

Judith Nitsch – Nitsch Engineering

Byron Rushing – MA House of Representatives

Robert Walsh – R.F. Walsh Company

Karen Whiteknact – Liberty Mutual

 

Sponsors

Alliance Leader

Millennium Partners

Related Beal

Suffolk Construction

Underwriter

Historic Boston, Inc.

The Druker Company

The Boston Red Sox

Advocate

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

Carpenter & Company, Inc.

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Liberty Mutual

Shawmut Construction

Steward

ADD, Inc.

Bay Contracting, Inc.

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

D.L. Saunders Real Estate

Eastern Bank

John Moriarty & Associates

Nauset Construction

NER Construction Management

Nitsch Engineering

S & F Concrete

Stantec

The Abbey Group

Torrey Architecture

Wessling Architects

Winn Development

Sustainer

American Plumbing and Heating

Bilt-Rite Construction

Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Building Conservation Associates

Cambridge Seven Associates

Canning Studios

CBT Architects

Cheviot Corporation

Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc.

Component Assembly Systems

Consigli Construction Company

CWC Builders

Edwards Wildman

Egan’s Church Furnishings & Restorations

Epsilon Associates

Fannin-Lehner  Preservation Consultants

The Freedom Trail Foundation

Goedecke & Company

Grande Masonry

Handel Architects

Haven Restoration

Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates

JDC Demolition

Kavanagh Advisory Group

Klein Hornig

Landmark Structures Corporation

MacRostie Historic Advisors

Marc Truant & Associates

McCall & Almy

McDonald Electrical Corporation

Milan Church Restorations

Murphy Specialty, Inc.

New Atlantic Development

Northeastern University

Renaissance Properties

Ryan Iron Works

Samiotes Consultants, Inc.

Sea-Dar Construction

Serpentino Stained Glass StudioThe Selwyn Foundation

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Studley

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

William Gallagher Associates

 

 

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