Announcing the Winners of the Preservation Bucket List!

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary year, the Alliance launched a special social media campaign: The Preservation Bucket List photo competition. We asked Bostonians to submit photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook that interpreted one the 15 Bucket List challenges. They ranged from documenting historic interiors to capturing elements of our historic parks to taking a selfie in a historic district. Over 300 unique images were submitted. We featured 23 of them in our Annual and also projected more than 100 photographs at the Awards ceremony held on October 22, 2018 at 60 State Street. 

For the competition portion of the challenge we asked renowned architectural photographer and Alliance Board member Peter Vanderwarker to select the winners from a blind review.  “It was a treat for me to look at all of the submissions to the Bucket List. They showed creativity, technical prowess, and were all exciting to look at,” said Vanderwarker. 

Congratulations to the Preservation Bucket List winners, and thank you to all who celebrated Boston's vibrancy with us on this milestone year!  

First Place: Christopher Brown 
Photo: Washington Street at Night

Washington Street at Night

 

“This one has it all!” says Vanderwarker. “Color, excitement, people, cars, lights, new stuff, old stuff. Doesn’t this look like a street you would love to walk down? In Italy, the streets turns just a bit so you want to see what’s around the corner. Here, those blue lights down at the Ritz lure the eye. This should be a poster for the City of Boston. It’s a complicated picture and very well done.”

 


 
















Second Place: Matthew Dickey 
Photo: Cochituate Standpipe 
Standpipe

“This photograph succeeds on three levels. One, it features this under-appreciated Victorian standpipe by one of my favorite architects, Nathaniel J. Bradlee. Two, it is a beautiful contrast of line against form. Three, it is fun to look at: it is like black lightning attacking the symbol of Boston’s wonderful water system,” said Vanderwarker. He called the piece “a moody, evocative study in Victorian forms. The trees are magical. They look like they are grabbing or embracing the
standpipe.”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Third Place: Jeremy Tobin 
Photo: Cornice Detail with Precipitation
Cornice detail with precipitation

Among Vanderwarker’s top picks was this cornice detail with precipitation by Jeremy Tobin. “What an evocative photograph! It is as if the poor winged lion is howling at the cold shower that cascades down from the upper right of the frame.”  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Dave Brigham 
Photo: Boston City Hall 
Boston City Hall

Vanderwarker calls this a “disruptive, creative photograph.” "This is brilliant use of a reflection: it is as if there was another wrinkled City Hall sitting in the lower left corner of the frame. The wonderful use of diagonals adds to the drama of the image." 































Staff Favorite: Will Donham 
Photo: Fort Point Channel Historic District 
Fort Point Channel

Will Donham’s evocative use of light and detail delighted us through several submissions. This photo—with the heavily contrasted “X”s bracketing the year--grabbed our attention right away. The fact that Fort Port Channel is a district we fought for years to protect put this ghost sign at the top of our Bucket List.  

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