Preservation Achievement Awards

2006 Awards

John Adams Courthouse view project

John Adams Courthouse

Trinity Church view project

Trinity Church

Smith and Wollensky at the Armory view project

Smith & Wollensky at the Armory

Back Bay

424 Massachusetts Avenue, South End view project

424 Massachusetts Avenue

South End

413 Main Street, Charlestown view project

413 Main Street

Charlestown

Hotel Dartmouth, Roxbury view project

Hotel Dartmouth

Roxbury

Back Bay Fens Gate Houses, Fensway view project

Back Bay Fens Gate Houses

Fensway

South End Historical Society view project

South End Historical Society

CBT Architects view project

Corporate Leadership in Preservation: CBT

Shawmut Design and Construction view project

Corporate Leadership In Preservation: Shawmut Design and Construction

Joe and Susan Park view project

Codman Award for
Lifetime Achievement:
Joe and Susan Park

 

 

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer/CBT

John Adams Courthouse

Owner:

Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management

Architect:

CBT, Maury Ellis (deceased)

Contractors:

Suffolk Construction; NER Construction

The restoration of John Adams Courthouse reinstates a historic courthouse, which is listed on the State and National Historic Registers and is a Boston Landmark, as a great civic monument.

The restoration preserved the building's historic façade, including its two main entries, and returned the building's outstanding architectural features to their original grandeur. Extensive interior renovations were conducted, including a new Seven-Justice Courtroom for the SJC; the Social Law Library, which contains over 425,000 volumes; and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Photo courtesy of Shawmut Design & Construction

Trinity Church

Owner:

Trinity Church in the City of Boston

Architect:

Goody Clancy

Contractor:

Shawmut Design & Construction

Owner’s Rep:

Legatt McCall Properties

H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church is a National Historic Landmark considered by architects to be one of the top ten most important buildings in the country. Over the course of four years, the team restored and expanded within the tight confines of Boston's bustling Copley Square. The building remained open and operational while installing an environmentally-friendly geothermal heating and cooling system, expanding the Undercroft to provide 13,000 square feet of new program space, and restoring the exterior stones and mortar of the Central Tower to their original color scheme, which included a "Richardson red" mortar.

Photo courtesy of Haverson Architecture and Design

Smith & Wollensky at the Armory

Back Bay

Owner/Developer:

D.L. Saunders Companies and The Boston Park Plaza Hotel LLC

Restaurant Owner:

New York Restaurant Group LLC

Architect/Interior:

Haverson Architecture and Design

Construction:

Ashling Inc.

The First Corps of Cadets Armory (the "Castle") was constructed in the late nineteenth century as a fortress to provide control over civil disturbances in the City of Boston. The Smith & Wollensky project included the respectful adaptive re-use and preservation of the great rooms of the "head house" portion of the building, which occupies 6 floors. Each floor has its own identity and incorporates many beautiful architectural details, including carved wooden mantles, stairways, ornamental lighting fixtures, wrought iron railings and built-in cabinetry.

Photo courtesy of Douglas Dolezal,
Dolezal Architecture + Interior Design

424 Massachusetts Avenue

South End

Owner/Developer:

Orange Street Partners

Architect:

Dolezal Architecure + Interior Design

Architect of Record:

Whitney Atwood Norcross Associates

24 Massachusetts Avenue is a new residential building situated between historic Victorian townhouses built in the nineteenth century. The design derives its architectural order from neighboring historic buildings, taking cues from the Victorian detailing but reinterpreting the historic context into a contemporary aesthetic. The project breaks outside of conservative boundaries and strives to establish a precedent for making buildings that compliment the existing context while exhibiting distinctive design qualities of their own.

Photo courtesy of Tremont Design Build, LLC

413 Main Street

Charlestown

Owner:

Scott Wolf

Developer/Designer:

Tremont Design Build, LLC

Designer:

Robert Botelho

After the original home at 413 Main Street was lost in a fire decades ago, the vacant lot was used by residents for parking for many years. The property owner constructed 413 Main Street to strongly reflect the original building on the site using historic photos from 1900 for reference. The project team worked closely and collaboratively with community-based preservationists to rebuild a building that would recall Charlestown's distinctive architectural history.

Photo © Lucy Chen,
coutesy of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

Hotel Dartmouth

Roxbury

Owner:

Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

Architect:

ICON Architecture, Inc.

Structural Engineer:

Souza True and Partners

Hotel Dartmouth, built in 1871 and clad in finely detailed marble in the Second Empire Style, is located in the Dudley Square area of Roxbury. After decades hidden under a coat of gray paint, the building's original marble façade was restored and severely deteriorated decorative elements were replaced with exterior detail that matched the original elements. The project, which included a complete interior rehabilitation and the construction of a 25,000 square foot addition, has been a major catalyst in the revitalization of Dudley Square.

Photo courtesy of Boston Water & Sewer Commission

Back Bay Fens Gate Houses

Fensway

Owner of the Gate Houses:

Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Owner of the Property:

Boston Parks Department

Architect:

Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann

The Back Bay Fens Gate Houses are located on the banks of the Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens, which is part of Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace Park System. The original gate house was designed by H.H. Richardson in1882. In 1905 a companion was designed with similar architectural features by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge. The renovation project was undertaken to prevent upstream flooding in the Stony Brook system. Measures were taken to ensure that renovations were in keeping with the buildings' historical and architectural significance.

Photo courtesy of the South End Historical Society

South End Historical Society

Since 1966, the South End Historical Society has played a critical role in preserving the architectural fabric of the South End. By the time SEHS was founded, almost a quarter of the South End's buildings had been lost to urban renewal. The Society's work began with an architectural and photographic survey of the remaining 3,000 South End buildings. This survey formed the basis of the successful application to list the South End neighborhood as an historic district on the National Register. Since that time, the Society has played a critical role in the preservation of a number of important historical structures, including the Allen House, the Dane House, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Photo courtesy of CBT

CBT Architects

Corporate Leadership In Preservation

CBT has worked on revitalization projects continuously since the firm's founding in 1967. In 1974, the firm received an award for historic preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation—the first and only time an architectural firm was so honored.

In Boston, CBT's work includes, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Ames Webster Mansion, the Exeter Street Theater, and the John Adams Courthouse.

CBT's approach is unfailingly sensitive to the historic connotations of a structure, achieving excellence through a dual focus on modernizing the building's function while preserving and restoring its distinctive qualities and details.

Photo courtesy of Shawmut Design and Construction

Shawmut Design and Construction

Corporate Leadership In Preservation

Shawmut Design and Construction has led the restoration of many of the most prestigious landmark structures in New England. In Boston, their projects have included the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Museum of Fine Arts Courtyard and Terrace, Trinity Church, the Fenway Park Right Field Roof, the First Church of Christ Scientist International Headquarters, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Beyond the firm's reputation as the region's foremost experts in historic preservation, Shawmut works closely with a range of local organizations, donating funding, time, and professional assistance to neighborhoods in need.

Joe and Susan Park

Codman Award for Lifetime Acheivement

Joe and Susan's accomplishments can be measured by the tireless hours they have dedicated and by the fabric of a city that has been saved and brought back to its historic prominence. From the Immaculate Conception Church in the South End to the city's historic theater district, evidence of their work is everywhere. They were agents of change for the creation of the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1975 when few thought the city should take an active role in ensuring the survival of Boston's historic neighborhoods, and they have been an unfailing example for us all ever since.