years of recognizing the "the most beautiful piece of architecture, building,
monument, or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10
years," the Harleston Parker Medal has captured the face of a changing
Boston. March 31 is the deadline for nominations for the 2023 award. Submit
your nomination today!
With its first award in 1923, the Harleston Parker Medal,
according to the BSA Bulletin at the time, set a surprisingly broad
mission, embracing "a great breadth of field in regard to the nature and
importance of the structure for which the medal is awarded." Finalists
over the years have been correspondingly broad, drawn from popular nominations—now
open through March 31—from BSA members and the public.
Nothing better proves the award's breadth of scope than
its 2022 winner: Janet Echelman's ethereal light sculpture "As If It Were
Already Here," the first temporary installation to be awarded the medal.
And nothing better showcases the dynamic change in metro Boston than the
contrast of this installation with the many now-iconic winners from years past,
ranging from the Hatch Shell to two John Hancock buildings to the MFA's Art of
the Americas Wing.
Lend your voice with a nomination for the 2023 award!
A Selection of Harleston Parker Medalists
Motor Mart Garage, 1927 Harleston Parker medalist. Photo: "Motor Mart Garage," by Keith Supko. March 2023.
Edward Hatch Memorial Music Shell, 1947 Harleston Parker medalist.Photo: The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performing at the Hatch Shell in Boston. July 4, 2005. By Garrett A. Wollman, from The Archives @ BostonRadio.org, with Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company (foreground, 1950 Harleston Parker medalist) and John Hancock Tower (background, 1983 Harleston Parker medalist). Photo: "John Hancock Life and Tower," by Keith Supko. March 2023.