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The Historic Resources Committee is part of the Design Commission.

Committee Chair
Jack Glassman AIA, LEED AP / jack_glassman@nps.gov

Upcoming Events

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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Updates

On April 26th at 8:30am, Chris Wortley and Scott Slarsky of Shepley Bulfinch will come to BSA Space to speak to the...
A national, multi-disciplinary conference on saving historic structures and neiighborhoods in the face of rising tides....
Network with your colleagues at the next Women in Restoration and Engineering "WiRE Hour"! When: Monday, March 21...
Following the successful and well-received Preservation Summit held on April 2, 2014, the Boston Preservation Alliance...
Present: Abraham Aly, Patrick Alley, Alisa Augenstein, William Buckingham, Adrienne Cali, Maureen Cavanaugh, Gregory...
Present: Bill Barry, David Bliss, Adrienne Cali, Jean Carroon, Gregory Colling, Lori Ferriss, Jack Glassman, Meghan...
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1. Massachusetts Senate Bill 2053- Massachusetts Historical Commission Review and Enforcement Limitation - Several committee...

Past Events

May 10, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Landscape Brutalism at UMass Dartmouth: Reimagining the Plinth The period of architecture now known as mid-century Brutalism is reaching the age...
April 12, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Spanning New England Behind every bridge is a story! While New England is not often considered an area famous for bridges, there are plenty of...
March 22, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Due to the forecaster nor'easter, Thursday's meeting of the Historic Resources Committee has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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 March 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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February 8, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Potluck Presentations! It's February, a good time for "potluck presentations" by new and old Historic Resources Committee members,...
January 11, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Preserving a Multifaceted Modernist Icon: Buckminster Fuller’s Woods Hole Dome

Located within a Woods Hole, Massachusetts Historic District, the former Dome Restaurant is the oldest extant Buckminster Fuller dome in the world. Designed and built by the legendary architect, systems theorist, designer, inventor and prolific author in the summer of 1953, this iconic wood-framed geodesic dome, is a testament to Fuller's simple use of materials, his “Dymaxion” philosophy to “do more with less” and his commitment to use technology and innovative design to revolutionize construction and improve human lives.

Abandoned since 2002, the Dome (now eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places) is currently the focus of an initiative by a team of dedicated community members and supporting organizations to create a multi-disciplinary arts and exhibition center, bringing world-class contemporary art to a vital artistic and scientific village. Exemplifying Fuller's passion for comprehensive anticipatory design, the Dome of Contemporary Arts will include exhibition/performance space, a permanent exhibit about Fuller, studios for artist residencies, hospitality amenities and supporting facilities. For the first HRC meeting of 2018, we welcome Nicole Goldman, Chair of the Dome of Contemporary Arts Board of Directors to discuss this ambitious rehabilitation project.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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