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


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...
On April 26th at 8:30am, Chris Wortley and Scott Slarsky of Shepley Bulfinch will come to BSA Space to speak to the...

Past Events

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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December 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Not Sorry: A Hidden Buildings Show-and-Tell

Using X-ray photography, a conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) recently discovered a “politically dangerous” portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots hidden beneath another painting; see, October 31, 2017 “SmartNews” story by Jason Daley.

Artists often alter their compositions as they are working—whether repositioning a subject’s hand or removing an entire figure from the scene—and then cover up these forms with a new layer of paint. Over time, this coating can fade away to reveal the previous version of the painting -- the pentimento -- that had been hiding underneath. In the built environment, we can also see examples of this on building facades and commercial signage.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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November 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The House at Lobster Cove: Reconstructing an Epic Shingle-Style Home

At the age of 23, laying blasting caps herself to dislodge some impertinent granite, Jane Goodrich began in 1983 the physical odyssey of reconstructing Kragsyde – perhaps the most extraordinary Shingle Style home ever built – 100 years after the original “cottage” had been erected in Manchester, Massachusetts. For our November HRC meeting, Jane will share stories of a personal effort spanning over 20 years that included meticulous research, mixing mortar for 40-feet tall chimneys, painting hundreds of window mullions and setting countless ceramic tiles -- not to mention meeting the challenges of quirky New England weather.

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