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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 / jack_glassman@nps.gov
The Historic Resources Committee is part of the Architectural Design Commission.

Updates

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

January 10, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Preserving Historic Buildings and Code Compliance 8:00 AM to 8:15 AM Of Note – news on Historic Buildings and related items of interest Speaker...
December 13, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Don’t Toss out the Bath House…! The Campaign to Save the Historic Nazzaro Community Center

Sponsored by Mayor “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, designed by award-winning architectural firm Maginnis, Walsh and Sullivan in an ornate Italian Renaissance style influenced by Rome’s Villa Medici, the 1910 North End Bath House and Gymnasium remains a crown jewel of North End culture and public life. Heavily used, it survives as the last early 20th century public building in Boston’s North Bennet Street “Public Service Corridor” that hasn’t been lost or converted into private condominiums, and the adjacent Polcari Playground has also been in continual use as a central gathering space for over one hundred years. Converted to a community center in 1985, the facility was named for Michael A. Nazzaro Jr., who gave up a promising job in Washington DC in the 1950s to come home to Boston to rescue his neighborhood from destruction by the “New Boston Committee” and the BRA.

It was recently revealed that city officials have been working for months to sell the Nazzaro Center to a private developer for residential condominiums and to build a large new facility on the waterfront; the fate of both the building and its playground setting remain uncertain. In response, a grass-roots coalition has been formed to develop and advocate for viable community-recreation options that retain selected programs in the current building, possibly in tandem with construction of a separate gymnasium on other city property.

Ellen Hume and Marie Simboli, co-chairs, Save the Nazzaro Campaign (www.savethenazzaro.org)

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

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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