Past Event Highlights

2009 Past Events

Boston Preservation Alliance 31st Annual Meeting  |  December 1, 2009

The Boston Preservation Alliance's 31st annual meeting was held at the newly restored Ames Hotel, followed by a tour and reception at Woodward.

A capacity crowd in the Gallery space inside the Ames

A hanging sculpture reflects off of the restored mosaic ceiling in the lobby

A reception followed at Woodward

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Upham's Corner Walking Tour: Past - Present - Future  |  October 17, 2009

Did you know that Upham's Corner was known as "Cemetery Corner" in the 17th century? And that by the early 1900s it was a bustling center of commercial activity, immigrant success stories, and performing arts venues? How about the fact that "the world's first supermarket" was established in this very neighborhood? From the establishment of Amos Upham's dry goods store in 1804, to the 1918 opening of the Strand Theatre (hailed as Dorchester's "Million Dollar Photoplay Palace") participants on October 17th's walking tour found out how the neighborhood became a mecca for immigrants as well as a vital city center, and discussed how its past successes can contribute to its future prosperity.

Co-sponsored by the Boston Preservation Alliance and Upham's Corner Main Streets, this interactive walking tour was one part of an exciting new historic preservation outreach initiative: the Neighborhood Preservation Partnership of Boston. With funding and support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in the Field Program, two local historic preservation organizations, Historic Boston Incorporated and the Boston Preservation Alliance, are using this initiative to extend historic preservation field services to Boston neighborhoods through workshops, priority planning and one-on-one assistance to property owners, residents, Boston Main Street districts, and community-based organizations.

Listening to stories in the Upham's Corner Market Building

Columbia Billiards and Bowling

An early 20th century swimming pool is now the children's room at the Upham's Corner library

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"Flick or Treat" at the Electric Carriage House  |  October 29, 2009

The Boston Preservation Alliance sponsored a special Halloween screening of "Ghostbusters" on Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at The Electric Carriage House in Boston's historic South End. The evening featured pizza donated by The Upper Crust pizzeria, beer donated by Samuel Adams, as well as lots of candy and popcorn.




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Conservation Project Preview at the Vilna Shul in Beacon Hill  |  August 11, 2009

The Alliance and the Vilna Shul offered a behind the scenes preview of a remarkable mural conservation project at the Vilna Shul. The Vilna Shul received a grant from the Partners in Preservation program, through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, which will allow a full wall of 1920s era murals in the sanctuary to be uncovered and preserved. Participants in the tour also viewed a special exhibit, Reconnect to the Tapestry, a chronicle of the experience of Jewish immigrants to Boston from 1850-1950.




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Tax Credit Financing Case Study, Hosted by Commonwealth Ventures  |  May 26, 2009

ULI Boston and the Boston Preservation Alliance collaborated to offer a special case-study seminar on tax credit financing. The featured project was the re-development of Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square - a project that relied on a combination of Historic and New Market Tax Credits to transform an abandoned dance hall into an arts-oriented complex of retail, office, gallery, performance and gathering spaces.

Speakers included: Peter Roth ofNew Atlantic Development; Stephen Nolan of Nolan, Sheehan, Patten LLP; Andrea Daskalakis of Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp. (MHIC), and Jeanne Pinado of Madison Park Development Corporation.

Click on the images below to access the PowerPoint presentations from the seminar.

Tax Credit


Tax Credit



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Jane Jacobs Lecture at the Boston Public Library  |  May 13, 2009

Publisher David R. Godine and the Boston Preservation Alliance hosted a celebration of a new book for young adults, ages 10 to 100: GENIUS OF COMMON SENSE - Jane Jacobs and the Story of the Death and Life of Great American Cities.  Authors Glenna Lang and Marjory Wunsch presented on Jane Jacob's impact in Boston along with special guest speaker Mel King, activist, educator, and former State Representative.

Jane Jacobs




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Boston Preservation Alliance Corporate Members Breakfast & Tour of Fenway Park  |  March 24, 2009

Fenway Park played host to a reception for the Alliance's Corporate Members and supporters followed by a tour.

Fenway all buttoned up for winter

Viewing Fenway park from the Green Monster seats

Touring the Green Monster

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