Past Event Highlights

2011 Past Events

Behind the Scenes at the Old State House  |  January 25, 2011

The Old State House, Boston’s oldest public building, has a 300-year-old preservation story to share!  Built in 1713, the Old State House was built for the British colonial government and was the seat for Massachusetts state and Boston city government.  Nearly torn down during its second commercial period during the Victorian era, this building has survived it all – including  centuries of blizzards! 

The Boston Preservation Alliance had an opportunity to explore and marvel at the fabulous Old State House in a private, behind the scenes tour  that focused on the building's storied history.  The Tour featured examples of past preservation projects and insight into current and future preservation plans.

Old State House Tour

Mingling among the artifacts at the Old State House

Old State HOuse Tower

Brian Lemay leads us up into the tower

Old State House Tower

Inside the Old State House Tower

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Social Wednesday! Co-Hosted with Friends of Fort Point Channel  |  February 16, 2011

The Boston Preservation Alliance teamed up with Friends of Fort Point Channel to host Social Wednesday! at Papagayo in Fort Point Channel.  Guests had a chance to meet, mingle and exchange ideas on historic preservation, architecture, sustainability, real estate, and urban planning in Boston.

Social Wednesday

Conversation and margaritas flowed!

Social Wednesday

Guests posing with the "mariachi band"

 

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Corporate Members Reception  |  March 9, 2011

A reception for the Alliance's Corporate Members and supporters was held at The Gallery at Boston Private Bank and Trust Company in Post Office Square.

Corporate Members reception

 

Corporate Members reception

 

Corporate Members reception

 

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Understanding and Protecting Your Stained Glass Windows   |  March 12, 2011

Stained-glass windows play an important role in the creation of Boston’s most beautiful sacred spaces.  But they can become fragile over time.  The Boston Preservation Alliance and Serpentino Stained Glass hosted an exclusive look at how stained-glass windows are made, how best to protect and preserve them, and what resources are available to help with their restoration, if this becomes necessary.

Stained Glass

Roberto Rosa leads a discussion on stained glass techniques

Stained Glass

Attendees admire one of Serpentino's creations

 

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Art Deco Walking Tour  |  May 7, 2011

Though Boston is less well known for its Art Deco architecture than New York and Miami, it can claim examples of Art Deco design that would rival New York's finest. In our 90-minute walk led by Boston By Foot, we saw examples of Art Deco architecture in government, business, theatre, religious, and retail buildings from skyscrapers to four-story Deco jewel boxes.

Art Deco

Starting out in Post Office Square

Art Deco

Admiring the lovely Landmark building on Federal Street

Art Deco

Close-up of the grillwork on The Landmark

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"New Immigrants of the North End" Walking Tour  |  May 18, 2011

Immigrants from Europe arrived in unprecedented numbers in the 1800s, forever transforming Boston. People from Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Italy, among others, settled in the North End. At that time there was no indoor plumbing, few government assistance programs, and hardly any friendly faces for these Catholic and Jewish newcomers.

Led by author and historian Alex Goldfeld, we explored some of the sites and stories of the Irish era of John F. Fitzgerald, the Jews who lived near the local “Gates of Jerusalem,” and the Italians who still hold sway in the North End.

North End Tour

The Nazzaro Community Center, once a bathhouse that served the neighborhood

North End Tour

On Salem Street outside Bova's Bakery, yum!

North End

Christopher Columbus mural on the Knights of Columbus building

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An Evening at the Gropius House  |  June 8, 2011

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. During this special evening tour hosted by Historic New England, guests viewed the clean, contemporary lines of Gropius' Modernist design and the innovative lighting scheme used in the home he designed in Lincoln, MA.  Challenges associated with preserving modern houses were also presented and guests were treated to a delightful reception on the screened porch, one of the Gropius' favorite spots in the house.

Gropius House

Enjoying the evening on the screened porch

Gropius House

Climbing the central staircase

Gropius House

Exploring the second floor of the house

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Discover the Historic Beauty of Mount Auburn Cemetery  |  July 11, 2011

Mount Auburn Cemetery was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the United States and the success of Mount Auburn and other rural cemeteries led to the creation of America’s public parks. Today its beauty, historical associations, and horticultural collections are internationally renowned.

During our tour of this National Historic Landmark, Bill Barry, Vice President of Preservation & Facilities and Bree Harvey, Vice President of External Affairs spoke about Mount Auburn’s history and current preservation projects, and regaled guests with "stories behind the stones."

Mt Auburn

The group listens to stories about current preservation efforts

Mt Auburn

Bill Barry talks about the few remaining iron fences in the cemetery

Mt Auburn

Bree Harvey shared her vast knowledge about the history of Mount Auburn

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Historic Preservation Photo Contest Reception  |  August 10, 2011

In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Boston Preservation Alliance sponsored its first historic preservation photo contest.  Photograph's from Boston’s neighborhoods and downtown areas highlighted striking examples of historic preservation around the theme “Celebrating America’s Treasures." In August, a reception was held for contest participants with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at City Hall. Please click on an image to view the full photograph.

Mayor Menino congratulates the participants

Photo by Christoph Gervais

Photo by Joseph F. Farrell, Jr.

Photo by Rachel Akers

Attendees pose with Mayor Menino

Photo by Christoph Gervais

Photo by Zac Sargent

Photo by Rachel Akers

Winning Photo by Renee DeKona

Photo by Joseph F. Farrell, Jr.

Photo by Robert Berens

Photo by Kate Matison

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Sunset Architectural Cruise  |  August 15, 2011

Braving the rainy weather, our guests boarded The Lexington where they stayed nice and dry and enjoyed an architecture boat tour presented by the Boston Society of Architects, Charles Riverboat Company, and Boston By Foot. On the tour we observed historic and contemporary architecture from Boston Harbor and our guide chronicled the evolution of Boston's built environment, telling the story through an architecture and neighborhood lens.

The Lexington

Our boat, "The Lexington"

Architecture boat tour

The group listens to our guide, Bob Dermody

Architecture boat tour

Viewing Boston's architectural gems

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Social Wednesday! Pub Crawl  |  August 24, 2011

Social Wednesday! went on the road in the month of August for a pub crawl in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood. Young professionals came together to relax and talk preservation in and around historic Fenway Park! 

Pub Crawl

Meeting new friends of preservation at Bleacher Bar

Pub crawl

The view of Fenway Park from inside Bleacher Bar

Pub crawl

Caitlin Corkins and Jon Sargent talk with Chris Johns of CUBE Design

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Preservation "Walk n' Talk" at the Waterworks Museum  |  September 14, 2011

Dennis Dewitt led guests on a delightful late summer evening "walk n' talk" at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Guests were told all about the preservation efforts that took place during the renovation and restoration of the Waterworks site, followed by a reception in the Great Engines Hall.

Waterworks Tour

The facade of the Metropolitan Waterworks

Waterworks Tour

Guests admire the exterior of the building

Waterworks

Pumps in the Great Engines Hall

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2011 Preservation Achievement Awards  |  October 6, 2011

The Boston Preservation Alliance celebrated outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston at the 2011 Preservation Achievement Awards on October 6th. The event took place at The Paramount Center on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing and honored contributions to Boston's historic built environment.

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2011Awards

 

2011 Awards

 

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Movie Night at the Modern Theatre  |  October 18, 2011

In 1928, the Modern Theatre was the first Boston movie house to premiere The Jazz Singer, Hollywood's breakthrough "talkie."  On October 18th, Suffolk University and Boston Preservation Alliance showcased this classic film to celebrate the first anniversary of the restored Modern Theatre.

After the screening Suffolk University professors Dr. Marilyn Plotkins and Dr. Monika Raesch, hosted a discussion covering the development of the "talkies" in American film history and the historic role that blackface has played in popular American entertainment.

Movie at Modern

Facade of the Modern Theatre

Movie at the Modern

The audience settles in for The Jazz Singer

Movie at the Modern

Dr. Marilyn Plotkins and Dr. Monika Raesch lead a discussion of the film

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Preparing Your House of Worship for Winter  |  October 26, 2011

Focused on protecting historic religious building from the rigors of the winter ahead, Jeff Shaw of Donham & Sweeney Architects and Tom Nutt-Powell from Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light (MIP&L) discussed quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to minimize weather-related damage and save energy and money at the same time. Topics included protecting foundations, walls and roofs, windows and doors; the different challenges facing masonry, wood, and metal; and how thermostats, interior "storm" windows, and added insulation can cut your energy costs and make your congregation and other users more comfortable.

Download the PowerPoint presentations from the workshop here and here.

Winter Church Workshop

 

Winter Church Workshop

 

 

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Boston's High Spine - Evaluating the Impact 50 Years Later  |  November 10, 2011

This Urban Forum, held at the Boston Architectural College, reviewed the past several decades of development along Boston's High Spine and Washington Street corridor.  Speakers discussed lessons to be learned that have the potential to help guide future development and historic preservation as Boston's economy recovers and in the decades to come.  Beyond the impacts of individual buildings, the forum addressed city and district character, rates of change and transformation, economic composition and changes, and quality of life issues.

Speakers included Ed Glaeser of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Henry Moss of Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc., and Anthony Pangaro of Millennium Partners-Boston.

Respondents included Jean Carroon of Goody Clancy, Tunney Lee of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Mark Pasnik of over,under, and Frederick (Tad) Stahl of Stantec.

To view the Urban Form in its entirety, click here for Part I, and here for Part II.

The forum was moderated by David Hacin of Hacin+Associates, Inc.

Urban Forum - Ed Glaeser

Ed Glaeser speaks to the audience

Urban Forum

The audience listens attentively to Henry Moss

Urban Forum

Tad Stahl, Henry Moss, Tony Pangaro & Ed Glaeser participate in the discussion

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Social Wednesday! with A Better City  |  November 16, 2011

The Boston Preservation Alliance teamed up with A Better City to co-host Social Wednesday!  Young professionals with interests in historic preservation, architecture, and sustainability, gathered at Jacob Wirth Restaurant, Boston's second oldest continually operating restaurant.

Social Wednesday

 

Social Wednesday

 

Social Wednesday

 

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Boston Preservation Alliance 33rd Annual Meeting  |  December 1, 2011

The Boston Preservation Alliance's 33rd Annual Meeting was held in The Undercroft at Trinity Church.  following the business portion of the meeting, Matthew Littell of Utile spoke about the firm’s BRA Stuart Street District Planning Initiative, focusing on how innovative approaches to zoning can be used to accommodate larger-scale development in areas with noteworthy historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Matthew Littell

Matthew Littell of Utile presents to the audience

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Advocacy Coordinator Judy Neiswander chats with Nancy Eng and Brian LeMay

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Board members Bob Thomas, Mimi Love and Richard Bertman

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Boston Underfoot Walking Tour  |  December 3, 2011

Boston By Foot co-sponsored this unique tour of Boston where most of the sightseeing took place on the ground level! Participants learned about the origins of manholes, the different ways to engineer a tunnel, the secret identities of some of Boston's newest buildings, and what was so big about a recent dig.

Boston Underfoot

On the Greenway

Toll booth

An original tollbooth for the Sumner Tunnel

Boston Underfoot2

King"s Chapel Burying Ground

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