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The Historic Resources Committee is part of the Design Commission.

Committee Chair
Jack Glassman AIA, LEED AP /


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...
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...

Past Events

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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October 12, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

3-D Printing and Scanning in Construction

Join us in October as the HRC welcomes our featured speaker Chris Dabek, an acclaimed expert in managing high-profile, complex preservation projects with challenging schedules and budgets. Chris will show us the cutting edge of 3-D technology, illustrating emerging techniques for replicating historic architectural features using laser scanning and 3-D printing. His fascinating presentation will employing case studies to explain the steps involved in replicating a historic baluster unit and reproducing other complex decorative features using 3-D technology, demonstrating the significant value these new tools add to workshop- and construction-site workflow for historic structure repair and restoration.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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

Monumental Decisions: Cultural Stewardship during Polarizing Times

This summer’s news cycles were punctuated by disturbing stories about the removal, cloaking and/or planned relocation of Confederate monuments and statues throughout the north and south. Various actions have led to debates, demonstrations and, unfortunately, violence and potential hate crimes. In the process, established standards for professional and academic stewardship of commemorative structures, objects and artifacts are at risk, as traditional narratives are challenged, if not upended completely. It seems that military history, artistic beauty and politics are locked together in conflict, as symbolism, meaning and intent are questioned, second-guessed and re-appropriated.

Returning from break, the HRC will observe this abyss from what we hope is a safe distance, with a thoughtful discussion facilitated by HRC chair Jack Glassman AIA and longtime committee member Bill Barry. Beginning with a quick summary of the interventions and alterations past civilizations and cultures have imposed on out-of-favor works of art in their midst, we will delve into modern criteria generally used for designation, preservation and maintenance of commemorative monuments and will explore ways that our more controversial statues, monuments and markers can educate, rather than celebrate.

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