Friday, October 28, 2011

Success Has Many Fathers….

HBI congratulates the City of Boston and Mayor Menino, Boston’s preservation community, Emerson College and Suffolk University on receipt of a National Honor Award for revitalization of the historic theaters on Washington Street at the National Preservation Conference in Buffalo last week. 

It was 15 years ago that Boston’s preservation community gathered together in a charette that would change the course of the theater district.  In a testimony to confidence and tenacity, the public and private partnership of organizations and agencies set about advocacy and technical measures that would set the stage for the excellent work of Suffolk University and Emerson College at the Modern and Paramount Theatres. 

HBI is proud to have played an active role in that effort, intervening with the BRA in the condemnation of the Modern Theatre in 2003. Then-director Stanley Smith conducted a structural assessment of the building  and secured an agreement with the BRA for removal and preservation of the Modern’s parapet masonry.  We’re recycling a blog post from 2010 that tells the story:

BIG Difference.  BIG change. Congratulations everyone!

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