To kick off Preservation Month, the Landmarks Commission is pleased to announce the book launch for "Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them", written by our city archeologist, Joe Bagley. This book talk on the recently-released "Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them" is part of the Boston Public Library's Local and Family History Lecture Series.
This talk will be offered on Zoom:
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As Boston approaches its 400th anniversary, it is remarkable that it still maintains its historic character despite constant development. Join City Archeologist Joe Bagley as he gives us a guided tour to 50 buildings which pre-date 1800 and illustrate Boston’s early history. The majority of the buildings are located within the downtown area of Boston along the Freedom Trail and within easy walking distance from the core of the City, but also include examples from various neighborhoods. The buildings span multiple uses from homes to churches and warehouses to restaurants. Bagley's easy-to-follow narrative will cover historic preservation and significance and will appeal to architectural enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in Boston history.
Joseph (Joe) Bagley has been the City Archaeologist of Boston since 2011, an historic preservationist, and a staff member of the Boston Landmarks Commission. Prior to this position, he worked for several private archaeology firms and the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Bagley has conducted archaeological excavations on hundreds of Native American and Historic archaeological sites from Maine to Florida. He is the author of the award-winning, "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts". He lives with his wife, also an archaeologist, and his dog in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
After the talk, we will offer each participant a free Landmarks Commission promotional pin.
Clockwise from bottom left: Lantern (Bay Village), Church Finial (Back Bay), Trolley Car (Aberdeen), Stained Glass Window (Back Bay West), Rosette (Mission Hill Triangle), Fan Window (Beacon Hill), Bay Window (St. Botolph), BWCO seal (Fort Point), Grasshopper weather vane (Landmarks), Star Coal Chute Cover (South End)