Thursday, February 21, 2013

You're Invited-Hayden Ribbon Cutting and Open House

HBI Board Member, Jay Wickersham, Appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture

HBI is pleased to hear that Board Member, Jay Wickersham has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, effective 1 January 2013. Wickersham has previously served as a Lecturer in Architecture at the GSD, teaching courses in architectural practice and ethics, the history of architectural practice, international design practice, and planning and environmental law.

Wickersham has worked in all aspects of design, planning, and development as an architect, an urban designer, a lawyer, and an environmental regulator. In his practice and his teaching, Wickersham focuses on the legal implications of contemporary forces shaping architectural practice and environmental regulation. He is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard GSD, and Harvard Law School, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

A founding partner in the law firm Noble & Wickersham LLP, in Cambridge, MA, Wickersham represents over 200 architectural and design firms practicing around the country and world-wide. He specializes in shaping the legal and business relationships among complex design teams, managing risk and protecting intellectual property, and addressing the legal and business implications of sustainable design, integrated project delivery, and building information modeling.

Wickersham also specializes in environmental regulations affecting renewable energy and sustainable development. From 1998 to 2002 Wickersham served as Assistant Environment Secretary for Massachusetts and directed the statewide environmental impact review program.  Recent and current projects include representing wind farms, developing state regulations for smart growth and affordable housing development, and rezoning of the downtown Boston waterfront. Wickersham successfully advocated to preserve the Ames Shovel Works in North Easton, MA, listed by the National Trust as one of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the country.

Wickersham has written on design and planning issues for general and professional journals, including the Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, New England Quarterly, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. His current research includes a biography of Charles Bulfinch; a study of the architect-client relationship between H.H. Richardson and the Ames family; and the historical evolution of professional ethical codes.

HBI would like to congratulate Jay Wickersham on this great achievement!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Church of the Covenant in Boston to Celebrate National Historic Landmark Status on Sunday, February 24

Largest intact Tiffany-designed ecclesiastical interior in America

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (February 11, 2013) ‒ Boston's Church of the Covenant at Newbury and Berkeley Streets in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. The public is invited to join representatives of the National Park Service for a presentation ceremony at the church on Sunday, February 24 at noon, followed by a reception.

Fewer than 2,600 places nationwide, and only seven other churches in Boston, bear this distinction. The National Historic Landmark program, begun in 1935 and administered by the National Park Service, recognizes nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

The Gothic Revival church, designed by architect Richard M. Upjohn and completed in 1867, is recognized as having the largest interior designed by the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company. Completed in 1894-96, the comprehensive decoration includes 42 large stained glass windows, Byzantine-style mosaics, complex trompe l’oeil painted decoration, elaborate wood traceries and furnishings, and a massive illuminated art glass lantern that was displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

POSTPONED-Mark Your Calendar! The Shirley Eustis House is Hosting a Lecture on the Eustis Street Fire House

Image courtesy of The Shirley Eustis House 

The Shirley-Eustis House Announces Lecture on Thursday, February 21, 2012
“On the Road to Boston:  Remembering Historic Structures in Roxbury”

BOSTON, Mass. – The Shirley-Eustis House, a National Historic Landmark house museum and carriage house at 33 Shirley Street in Boston, Massachusetts announces a lecture to be held at Shirley Place Mansion on Thursday, February 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 

Gillian Lang of Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI) will explore the plot of land at the corner of Washington Street and Eustis Street.  This small patch offers a fascinating vantage point from which to view the history of Roxbury and it’s progression from Colonial outpost to an industrialized sub-sect of Boston.  Ms. Lang will examine the structures that have inhabited the southern-most corner of the plot including the Eustis Street Fire Station.  The evolution of these buildings mirrors the larger changes that were taking place in the 17th- and 18th-centuries. 

HBI is a historic preservation organization located in Dudley Square in Roxbury, where they inhabit Roxbury’s oldest fire house on Eustis Street.  Historic Boston Incorporated redevelops historic properties to make urban neighborhoods thrive by reusing old places to meet current needs – which enriches our communities and restores neighborhood pride.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  A $5.00 donation is suggested.  Refreshments will be served following the discussion.  To reserve your seat, please call 617-442-2275 or email

The Shirley-Eustis House, built by Massachusetts Royal Governor William Shirley in 1747 and later the home of Democratic-Republican Governor William Eustis in 1819 is located on 33 Shirley Street in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mark your calendars for Boston Past and Future: Architectural Transformation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Boardwalk Case to go to the Supreme Court?

In previous blog posts we discussed the IRS’s decision to deny the allocation of federal historic tax credits to the corporate member of a redevelopment project partnership associated with the rehabilitation of the Historic Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey.  In United States Tax Court the partnership (HBH) subsequently challenged the IRS’s decision to deny the corporate member true partnership status and reallocate the credits.  After initially winning its case, but later losing on appeal before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, HBH filed a petition asking the Third Circuit to rehear the case.  The Third Circuit denied this petition, and HBH, intent on having the Third Circuit’s decision overturned, subsequently filed a petition for review with the US Supreme Court.