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Preservation and rehabilitation of existing buildings are conversation material for this dynamic BSA group.

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Committee Chairs
Jack Glassman AIA, LEED AP /
The Historic Resources Committee is part of the Architectural Design Commission.


Creating Emergency Housing for Cambridge Families…  Reconstructing Historic Character      ...
Remembering our dear friend and mentor, renowned structural engineer and educator Robert Silman (1935-2018).
Featuring Lori Ferriss PE, Project Manager in Preservation Architecture, Goody Clancy, Boston, MA -- "One for the Code...
Featuring Christine Poff, City of Boston Community Preservation Director, "The CPA is Boston's Next New Act!...
Join WiRE Boston at 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 for an evening of interactive networking and discussion -...
Featuring John Amodeo ASLA BD+C, Principal, CRJA-IBI Group "Paul Rudolph's UMass Dartmouth Auditorium Steps: Re-...
Featuring Robert J. Dermody RA, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams...
Agenda and bibliography for a meeting cancelled three(!) times due to inclement weather.  Featured speaker resceduled...
The February meeting featured potluck presentations by a number of loyal HRC members.
Featuring architect/educator Robert Allen Mohr and architect/planner/guest lecturer David Fixler FAIA. "Preserving...

Past Events

November 8, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
A Matter of Truss: An Update on the Northern Avenue Bridge Project The Northern Avenue Bridge Team will present a general overview of the ongoing...
October 11, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Creating Emergency Housing for Cambridge Families, Reconstructing Historic Character During the late 19th century, a stately two-family home was...
September 13, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The Historic Resources Committee returns from summer break to remember, with great respect and fondness, renowned structural engineer and cherished mentor and friend Robert Silman, who passed away on July 31st at the family's Great Barrington home.

Let's honor Bob's memory with an HRC session that he would have enjoyed: please bring to the meeting a favorite architectural artifact or a structural and/or decorative component -- or a photo of one. Feel free to select a mystery item and challenge the group to identify it! Stories and reminiscences welcome.

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July 12, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
One for the Code: A Road Map to Structural Alterations in the IEBC In a climate of constantly evolving building technologies and codes, the historic...
June 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The CPA is Boston’s Next Act!

In November 2016, 74% of Boston voters adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which had been approved by the Massachusetts legislature in 2000. Starting in 2018, approximately $20 million will be available every year for historic preservation, affordable housing, and parks and open space improvements (including outdoor recreation facilities) in Boston.

For our June meeting, the HRC welcomes Christine Poff, Boston’s Community Preservation Director, to provide us a refresher on the CPA law and to report on the City of Boston’s adoption and implementation of this important financial resource, including the new volunteer Community Preservation Committee. Using completed projects from other CPA cities and towns as models, Christine will describe the development of an Annual Community Preservation Plan and will explain the CPA project application and selection process.

A Jamaica Plain resident, Christine Poff previously served as executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, where she brought back the Elma Lewis “Playhouse in the Park” summer concerts and the spring Kite Festival, in addition to a summer youth jobs crew, a large volunteer program, and other arts and cultural events. She also worked to develop public health and community programs for Dorchester House and Codman Square health centers. Christine is passionate about neighborhoods, committed to social justice and equity, and loves getting to know residents of Boston’s diverse and varied communities. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.S.W. from City University in New York.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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