Past Event Highlights

2012 Past Events

Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain  |  January 10, 2012

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? Led by historian Michael Reskind of the Jamaica Historical Society, we took a fascinating trip through Boston’s brewing history a the Samuel Adams Brewery, followed by a tour and tasting.

An invoice from the Haffenreffer Brewery, now the location of the Samuel Adams Brewery.

Guests enjoyed the trip through Boston's fascinating brew history...

...and savored a delicious beer tasting, courtesy of our friends at Sam Adams Brewery!

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Social Wednesday!  |  January 18, 2012

The Boston Preservation Alliance kicked off the new year with a revamped Social Wednesday! Young professionals who share an appreciation for the built environment of our city gathered to meet, mingle, and exchange ideas on the Alliance's advocacy work relating to the Christian Science Center.




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"Meet the Authors" - Meg Muckenhoupt, Boston's Gardens and Green Spaces  |  February 8, 2012

Local author Meg Muckenhoupt traveled through the verdant world of her book, Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces during our first “Meet the Authors” series, presented in collaboration with Old South Meeting House. This captivating lecture examined the role of public spaces throughout Boston’s historic and contemporary landscape and discussed Boston's revered historic parks and its ever-expanding network of public spaces.


Meg Muckenhoupt signing copies of her book for attendees

Shelby Graham Larsson of Union Park Press, author Meg Muckenhoupt, Sarah Kelly of the Boston Preservation Alliance

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Social Wednesday! with CUBE design + research  |  April 18, 2012

At April's Social Wednesday! we met the partners of CUBE design + research and heard about their fresh design approach for architect H. H. Richardson’s last surviving commercial building in Boston, the Hayden Building at 681 Washington Street.




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Discover the Grandeur of the Ayer Mansion  |  May 22, 2012

Built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer, the Ayer Mansion is the country’s only surviving residence created by famed American artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Led by the Ayer Mansion’s Preservation Advisor, Jeanne Pelletier, guests had the opportunity to tour this National Historic Landmark and view Tiffany-designed stone and glass mosaics, graceful metalwork, Favrile glass, custom furniture, intricate plaster work, and elaborate stained glass windows. All of the unexpected architectural flourishes that work together to create this Back Bay masterpiece and exemplify Tiffany’s astounding versatility.

The stunning mosaic foyer of the Ayer Mansion

Jeanne Pelletier shared her vast knowledge of the Tiffany design work

Guests view original Tiffany-designed furniture on the upper landing

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The Lyman Estate: Making the Old House New Again  |  June 27, 2012

The National Historic Landmark Lyman Estate, also known as "The Vale," is one of three great country estates in Waltham and has recently been updated with twenty-first-century energy enhancements. Built in 1793, enlarged in 1882-3 and remodeled in 1917, The Vale preserves the legacy of four generations of the Lyman family, including gardens and greenhouses that are among the country's oldest and most significant landscape resources. Historic New England's Young Friends and Boston Preservation Alliance Young Professionals attended lecture on the history of the house and family, followed by a tour of the mansion and cocktails on the veranda. Click here to view more photos.




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Explore Peddocks Island with Author Christopher Klein  |  July 1, 2012

Christopher Klein, author of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands, led participants on a walking tour of the newly re-opened Peddocks Island, where they toured Fort Andrews and the surrounding area learning about the island's vast history and natural resources. This event was co-sponsored by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Click here to view more photos from the tour.

Chris Klein speaks to the group at the start of the tour

The island's clapboard chapel still stands intact

The group surveys a remaining artillery battery on the island

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Fenway Studios - A Boston Art and Architectural Treasure  |  August 7, 2012

Boston Preservation Alliance and Friends of Fenway Studios co-sponsored this insider’s tour of Fenway Studios, a National Historic Landmark. Through the generosity of the resident artists, visitors were able to tour three studios in the remarkable 1905 Arts and Crafts building. Click here to view more photos from the tour.

The carved entranced to Fenway Studios

The group views work created by artist Berio Gizzi

Artist Glenda Tall speaks about her work

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Historic Sumner Hill Walking Tour  |  September 15, 2012

The Sumner Hill neighborhood includes an outstanding variety of large single-family residences that were built between 1850 and 1900 and the structures encompass a multitude of architectural styles including Italianate, Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Stick, Queen Anne, Shingle, and Colonial Revival. Among the structures are the ancestral home of the founder of the Dole Pineapple Company, as well as the homes of progressives who were active as abolitionists and woman suffragists. Led by knowledgeable guides from the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and co-hosted by the Alliance, guests viewed a sumptuous sampling of 19th-century Victorian houses in this National Historic District. Click here to view more photos from the tour.




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Corporate Members Walking Tour of the Greenway  |  September 20, 2012

Corporate Members of the Boston Preservation Alliance participated in a private walking tour of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway with Boston Redevelopment Authority Urban Design Director Kairos Shen and Tim Love, Principal of Utile. Guests learned about the successes, opportunities, and remaining challenges of the Greenway, Boston's newest and perhaps most important open space.

The Tour began at the new Harborpark Pavilion

Stops included the Armenian Heritage Park

Kairos Shen addresses the group

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2012 Preservation Achievement Awards  |  October 3, 2012

The Boston Preservation Alliance celebrated outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston at the 2012 Preservation Achievement Awards at the beautiful Paramount Center on October 3rd. For more images from the evening, please click here.

Executive Director Greg Galer addresses the audience

Richard Bertman poses with his Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement

Pru Parry, David Riccio and Bill Barry enjoy the reception

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Movie at the Modern Theatre  |  October 10, 2012

On the 50th anniversary of its release and during the election year of 2012, the political and psychological thriller The Manchurian Candidate still resonates for contemporary audiences. The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, in collaboration with the Boston Preservation Alliance, screened this 1962 classic film, adapted from Richard Condon’s novel by George Axelrod.




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Boston Preservation Alliance 34th Annual Meeting  |  December 4, 2012

The Boston Preservation Alliance's 34th Annual Meeting was held in The Undercroft at Trinity Church.  Following the business portion of the meeting, Greg Galer, the Alliance's new Executive Director gave a presentation on historic preservation in today's city and his thoughts on setting a new path for the Alliance. Click here to view more photos from the evening.

Greg Galer speaks to the audience

Nancy Eng of the Chinese Historical Society of New England and Young Advisor, Pat Ellard

Historic Boston's Kathy Kottaridis, Greg Galer and Sarah Kelly

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Holiday Splendor at the Gibson House Museum  |  December 13 2012

A National Historic Landmark and the Back Bay’s only house museum, the Gibson House is a Victorian time capsule that tells the story of the Gibson family's daily life during the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It is an unspoiled single-family residence that retains its kitchen, scullery, butler’s pantry and water closets, as well as formal rooms and private family quarters, filled with the Gibsons’ original furniture and personal possessions.

The Boston Preservation Alliance and the Gibson House hosted a glimpse back in time during the holiday season when the house was decorated for the holidays as it might have been when the Gibsons were in residence. Click here to view more photos from the evening.




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