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Highland Park ACD Open House

The Highland Park Architectural Conservation District Study Committee will host an Open House on Monday, May 24 at 7 pm.

This open house event will provide an opportunity for Highland Park residents to learn more about the district under study and to meet the members of the Highland Park Architectural Conservation District Study Committee. Join us to learn about the vision and ask questions or share your thoughts.

Please note: This open house event will be held virtually and not in person. To participate, please go to our Zoom meeting link, or call 646-558-8656‬ and enter the meeting ID 987 4185 1258#.

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/98741851258
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jennifer Gaugler
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
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Preservation Month Kickoff: 'Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where To Find Them' book talk

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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Boston's Oldest Buildings

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. 

Pins

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

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86199022010
Boston, MA 02201-2006
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Landmarks Commission
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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The South End Justifies the Means

Mindful New Construction in a Historic District

Join the Chairman of the South End Landmark District Commission, John Amodeo, for his popular South End preservation month tour. This tour will focus on how new construction in a historic district can be built in a complimentary way to the surrounding historic architecture. Due to COVID-19, this year the event will be held online. 

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6:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88505580690
Boston, MA 02118
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nick Armata
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Tour of the Ayer Mansion

The Ayer Mansion at 395 Commonwealth Avenue is a rare surviving example of the residential work of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Tours last approximately one and a quarter hour. Reservations are required as space is limited.  To make a reservation, email ayermansion@gmail.com or call 617-536-2586. Tours are $15 for adults, $10 for students (21 and under) and senior citizens (65 or older).

12:00pm
395 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Price:
Suggested donation
Contact:
ayermansion@gmail.com
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Beacon Hill
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The Hancock Mansion Project

Preserving History & Heritage

Free public lecture will detail the Hancock Mansion’s unique place as a catalyst for America’s preservation movement, and how North Bennet Street School students recreated the massive entryway, which will be on display.

5:30pm
150 North Street
Boston, MA 02109
Price:
FREE
Contact:
North Bennet Street School
Neighborhood:
North End
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Old North Church photography exhibit opening reception

View the first art show in the Old North Church's exhibition space, Patriots Corner Gallery, located in the Clough House on the Unity Court side of the campus.

The famous signal lanterns of April 18, 1775, displayed in the Old North Church steeple, activated a network of riders who rallied their neighbors and fellow patriots to action and ignited the American Revolution. In the exhibit "Rally Point: Bravery + Action," Old North, a national landmark visited by more than 200,000 people each year, seeks to investigate what that caliber of teamwork and courage looks like in the 21st century.

The bravery of those riders, who are largely uncelebrated today, demonstrates a defining pillar of the American spirit in times of trouble. Aligning with our 2019 programming themes of community and courage, this exhibition will examine how teamwork, collective action, and fellowship can promote active citizenship. Blending the historic with the contemporary, the exhibit will challenge visitors to make meaningful connections between their lives today and the lives of those who came before them.

6:30pm - 7:30pm
193 Salem Street
North End, MA 02113
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Old North Church
Neighborhood:
North End
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In the Yard: Charlestown Navy Yard's 1833 Dry Dock 1

View the 186-year-old Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Learn about the building of the dry dock, its importance to the 19th- and 20th-century U.S. Navy, and the dock’s history with “Old Ironsides”, the first warship to enter the dock on June 24, 1833.


Please note: This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in and out of the dry dock, and to be exposed to the sun. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes and sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum’s Lobby.

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA 02129
Price:
FREE
Contact:
USS Constitution Museum
Neighborhood:
Charlestown
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In the Yard: Tour USS Constitution’s preservation facility

Join Margherita Desy, a historian with the USS Constitution, for a tour of the 1847, Alexander Parris-designed carpenters’ and riggers’ shops.

Get a sneak peek of on-going preservation work for the USS Constitution with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston restoration facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard.


Please note: This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in the building. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes or sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum Lobby.

 

10:30am - 11:30am
Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown, MA 02129
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Margherita M. Desy
Neighborhood:
Charlestown
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In the Yard: Charlestown Navy Yard's 1833 Dry Dock 1

View the 186-year-old Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard 

Learn about the building of the dry dock, its importance to the 19th- and 20th-century U.S. Navy, and the dock’s history with “Old Ironsides”, the first warship to enter the dock on June 24, 1833.


Please note: This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in and out of the dry dock, and to be exposed to the sun. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes and sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum’s Lobby.

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12:00pm - 1:30pm
Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown, MA 02129
Price:
FREE
Contact:
USS Constitution Museum
Neighborhood:
Charlestown
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A visit with Paul Revere

David Connor brings Boston’s favorite patriot vividly to life.

Ask him about the details of his midnight ride, inquire about his 16 children, or engage him in conversation about his activities as a member of the Sons of Liberty.

The event is included with the price of admission ($1 - $5).

1:00pm - 3:00pm
19 North Square
North End, MA 02113
Price:
Free with price of admission: $1 - $5
Contact:
Emily Holmes
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
North End
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