Past Event Hightlights

2010 Past Events

Haunted History of Boston "Frightseeing" Tour  |  October 27, 2010

Join the Boston Preservation Alliance as we take a trip through the darker side of Boston‚'s historic past on a Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour. Walk amongst the dead in burying grounds nearly four hundred years old, hear stories of those whose mortal remains lie beneath your feet, and venture to the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England's history.

Tour departs promptly at 7PM from the Ghosts & Gravestones booth at the intersection of State Street and Atlantic Avenue. Tours run rain or shine and include a trolley ride plus two twenty-minute walking portions through two of Boston's three oldest burial grounds.

Visiting Copp's Hill Burying Ground

Hearing stories in Granary Burying Ground

On the trolley with our "Gravedigger" tourguide

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2010 Preservation Achievement Awards  |  October 21, 2010

The Boston Preservation Alliance celebrated outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston at the 2010 Preservation Achievement Awards on October 21st. The event took place at the newly restored Modern Theatre at 523 Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and honored contributions to Boston's historic built environment.

Codman Award recipient Dr. Judith Selwyn with Alliance President Susan Park and Chairman Peter Roth

Mingling in the newly renovated Modern Theatre

2010 Awards

Susan Park and Peter Roth presenting Eamon O"Marah and Stefanie Greenfield with an award for the Ames Building

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East Boston Walking Tour  |  September 25, 2010

Co-sponsored by East Boston Main Streets and The Boston Preservation Alliance, with support from Historic Boston Incorporated and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A free, fun tour of the commercial district invited participants to look both back and forward in time. Stories were shared of how East Bostonians have built, worked and played in, preserved and given new life to the neighborhood's special buildings and places, from the 9 Chelsea Street Sidewalk Clock to the Piers, from Engine 40 Firehouse to the Barnes School.

This project is one part of an exciting new historic preservation outreach initiative in East Boston and other parts of the city: 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.

Outside the Barnes School

The tour group at ZUMIX

Exploring East Boston neighborhoods

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Boston Preservation Alliance 32nd Annual Meeting  |  September 21, 2010

The Boston Preservation Alliance's 32nd Annual Meeting was held at the beautifully restored John Adams Courthouse, followed by a reception for attendees.

The attentive crowd in one of the restored courtrooms

Joan Hull and Alliance Executive Director Sarah Kelly

Alliance Board member Bill Barlow and Historic New England's Carl Nold

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Bikes@Night Historic Waterfront Tour with Urban AdvenTours  |  July 29, 2010

The Boston Preservation Alliance and Urban AdvenTours explored Long Wharf, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Fan Pier and the North End, all on two wheels! Our group learned about architecture and history, and enjoyed a delightful summer night in Boston!

Long Wharf

Views of Boston Harbor

Bike Tour

Christopher Columbus Park

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Modern Boston – The Spirit of Reinvention  |  June 30, 2010

On June 30, 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a free event celebrating the history and debating the future or the Boston area's Modern and recent past architecture.

Some of the preservation movement's sharpest thinkers and most outspoken commentators explored the critical, and often controversial, issues facing the future of Greater Boston's 20th Century structures and landscapes.

Journalist and author Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy moderated a panel featuring David Fixler, FAIA of EYP and DOCOMOMO-US/New England; Kathy Spiegelman, Chief Planner, Harvard Allston Initiative; and others.

To learn more about the Modernism + Recent Past program, please visit

The Boston Modern event was presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Modernism + Recent Past program and the Northeast Office, in partnership with Boston Preservation Alliance, Boston Landmarks Commission, Boston Society of Architects, Common Boston, DOCOMOMO-US/New England, Historic New England, and Preservation Massachusetts, with sponsorship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Attendees mingle before the panel discussion

Interior of First Church Boston

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Mt. Auburn Cemetery Tour & Reception  |  June 14, 2010

Did you know that Mount Auburn Cemetery was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the United States? The success of Mount Auburn and other rural cemeteries led to the creation of America's public parks.

Natalie Wampler, Mount Auburn's Preservation and Facilities Planner led a guided tour of the cemetery, which is a National Historic Landmark. During the walking tour, guests learned about Mount Auburn's history, the stories behind the stones, and current preservation project. A reception followed in Bigelow Chapel.

Listening to "stories behind the stones"

The group admires Bigelow Chapel

Bigelow Chapel stained glass window

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Go Green, Save Green! Window Workshop  |  June 5, 2010

Caring for older wood windows and providing additional insulation is often more cost effective, better for the environment, and better for the resale value of your home than costly replacement windows.

This free workshop featured hands on demonstrations in window repair; information about energy audits; resources for window repair and insulation; and information on tax credits and financing.




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Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain  |  April 28, 2010

It's no big surprise that Bostonians like to drink beer. But did you know that in 1900, Boston had the most breweries in the country and that most of them were in the Stony Brook area of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain? Michael Reiskind of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, took us on a fascinating trip though Boston's brewing history followed by a complimentary beer tasting, courtesy of Samuel Adams.

Exterior of the old Haffenreffer Brewery, now Sam Adams

Touring the Sam Adams Brewery facilities

A good time was had by all!

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Allston Village Walking Tour  |  April 10, 2010

Curious about the trains that stopped at Allston Depot before the station house became a restaurant? Can you guess which building in Allston's commercial district was designed by a well-known church architect? Participants on this walking tour explored the neighborhood from the old fire station to the mid-century Twin Donuts building, admired the oldest remaining house in Allston, learned about the grammar school that once stood on a now-vacant lot, and met neighborhood business owners who are among the neighborhood‚'s champions of historic preservation. They heard longtime residents' memories of the train depot and the Boston & Albany Railroad, enjoyed refreshments alongside an early-20th-century bank vault, and shared their own perspectives on preservation priorities and possible strategies for the neighborhood's continued development.

Co-sponsored by the Boston Preservation Alliance and Allston Village 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, the Boston Preservation Alliance and Historic Boston Incorporated 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.

Allston Hall

Outside the Market Trust Building

Union Square

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Corporate Members Breakfast and Paramount Center Tour  |  March, 9, 2010

A reception and tour of the newly renovated Paramount Center on Washington Street was hosted for the Alliance's Corporate Members and supporters by Emerson College.  The tour, conducted by Emerson College and Elkus Manfredi Architects, gave an inside peek into the remarkable restoration and renovation of the site.

Stairs to the Black Box Theatre

Alliance Board members Alden Gifford, Kay Flynn and Leigh Freudenheim

Paramount Mainstage

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Social Wednesdays! Boston Preservation Alliance & Boston Urban Exchange  |  February 17, 2010

Boston Urban Exchange (BUX) and the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) teamed up to co-host an exciting informal gathering of interesting, talented, urbanists at Mantra Restaurant.

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