Friday, May 31, 2013

Mark Your Calendar: Alvah Kittredge House Project Breaks Ground June 18th

Mark Tuesday, June 18th in your calendar and join HBI, Mayor Menino, and the Highland Park Community for groundbreaking ceremonies at the historic Alvah Kittredge House at 10 Linwood Street in Roxbury.  Festivities get underway at 5:30 p.m. followed by a neighborhood barbeque until 7:30 p.m.

A property that has been abandoned for more than 20 years, the Kittredge House is one of the oldest homes in Highland Park and one of a handful of high-style Greek Revival Period houses remaining in the city of Boston.  Once part of a large rural estate built in 1836 by Roxbury alderman and Eliot Congregational Church deacon, Alvah Kittredge, the house later became home of prolific architect Nathaniel Bradlee until the 1890s.  The house was moved in the early 20th century to make way for greater housing construction, and in the 1970s became headquarters for Roxbury Action Program, and African-American advancement organization. 

HBI acquired the building in 2011 and plans a full preservation-based redevelopment project that will result in five housing units that will be available for rent in early 2014.  Construction starts in June and will be completed in February 2014.

We hope you will join us to launch the re-emergence of this beautiful building and the creation of new housing for Roxbury.  Please email to RSVP.   

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Governor Shirley Cordially Invites You For Tea….

Tickets are on sale now!
Friday, June 14
4th Annual Governor's Tea & An Abolitionist Meeting Re-enactment
4 pm - 6 pm 
Shirley-Eustis House
33 Shirley Street, Roxbury
Join us at our 4th Annual Governor's Tea, as we harken back to a time in history when folks, like you, the enlightened citizens of Massachusetts, rallied to support the anti-slavery society. Come enjoy afternoon tea at the Shirley-Eustis house and reflect on the courage of the abolitionists and the tenacity of their fight as we participate with actors in the re-creation of an abolitionist meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Dress code is smart casual, with ladies in hats.

A Special Evening for HBI’s Trilogy Fund

More than 65 city leaders were hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino for a festive spring reception at the Parkman House on May 7th.  The evening was meant to engage new friends in HBI’s preservation mission and encourage contributions to the Trilogy Fund, the $1 million capital campaign to support preservation of the Hayden Building, the Kittredge House, and the Vertullo Building.
Trilogy Fund campaign chair and co-host for the evening, Ronald Druker, was particularly profound in his
remarks:   “We are here because we are all city-builders and we love this city.  It is important that we do our part in preserving the richness of Boston’s past because it speaks to who we are as Bostonians, and it’s the ticket to a healthy and vibrant economic future.”

HBI is in the home-stretch of the Trilogy Fund and expects to complete the campaign by summer.  The Hayden Building project  is complete and the Kittredge House will break ground on June 18th.   Rehabilitation of the Vertullo building begins late this

HBI is grateful for the contributions that have come to the Trilogy Fund thus far, but it is equally grateful for the generosity of spirit from Boston’s civic leadership.   As Trilogy Fund donor Larry Curtis of the Winn Companies stated “With your help, we have no doubt that we will meet our goal; we’ll exceed it!”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Connect Historic Boston Initiative to Launch Exhibit at the BSA Space at 290 Congress Street from June 4th – June 17th

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, June 4th from 6 – 8PM. 

ConnectHistoric Boston is an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department to promote improved access for visitors and workers in the downtown historic area. It will make easy to navigate, safe, and engaging links between downtown transit, business, and historic sites. Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the initiative has an extensive advisory and inter-agency group with representatives from neighborhood councils, advocacy groups, non-profits, as well as Federal, State, and local government representatives.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Re-claiming the past

HBI is pleased to present architect, Chris Brown of b architecture studio, who is currently working on the Vertullo Building in Hyde Park. Chris has written a guest blog post on how he went about recreating the storefronts on this project.

As we know, the buildings we live and work in have a life all their own. While we think of preservation as doing our best to keep and re-attach handsome facades and features, sometimes we have to do a bit more to rediscover the past and recreate for years to come.

Friday, May 17, 2013

HBI Readying Proposal for Allston’s Charles River Speedway

Proposals are now being accepted by the Departmentof Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for the rehabilitation and reuse of the 1899 CharlesRiver Speedway Building. Having submitted a reply to the previously issued Request for Expressions of Interest earlier this year, HBI is closely following the recently issued Request for Proposals.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places, and designated a Historic Landmark, the building is being offered for redevelopment through the Historic Curatorship Program established to preserve important historic properties through a public-private partnership. This program allows DCR to partner with a selected curator who rehabilitates, manages, and maintains the property in return for a long-term lease. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

How Do I Revive Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

HBI is pleased to present the next installment in actor, and Greek Revival enthusiast, Bronson Pinchot's blog series. It is clear from this and his last post that Pinchot is a passionate lover of Greek Revival architecture, and an outspoken advocate for its restoration. His work is not restricted to advocacy, however. He is currently the host of the DIY Network show, The Bronson Pinchot Project, and he is preparing to launch another show, Bronson Pinchot Saves America. In this newest show, Pinchot will be called in to document and repurpose buildings that are too far gone to be restored. Stay tuned for an air date sometime this summer. Until then, enjoy his next installment on the HBI blog. 

Why I Love the Greek Revival, Part II
By Bronson Pinchot

I did state at the end of Part I that I would address color on Greek Revival buildings, and I lied abjectly. It’s a pusillanimous little topic, best left to pedants peeking out of their wrinkle-free curtains.

Here is something much more worthy:

Friday, May 3, 2013

HBI Executive Director Kathy Kottaridis Awarded Preservation Massachusetts’ 2013 Paul E. Tsongas Award

Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston Inc., has been awarded the Preservation Massachusetts' 2013 Paul E. Tsongas Award for making significant contributions to preserving the Commonwealth's historic resources.

PreservationMassachusetts (PM), a statewide non-profit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth's historic and cultural heritage, presented the Tsongas Award at a awards dinner on May 1st in Boston.  The 2013 awards begin a three-year thematic program by Preservation Massachusetts that will honor the people and organizations behind the scenes who bring preservation projects to completion.

Preservation Massachusetts’s award recognizes HBI’s preservation work has catalyzing further community investment including the Eustis Street Fire House in Roxbury, the 1875 Hayden Building in Chinatown; and the Alvah Kittredge House in Roxbury.

Kottaridis, a resident of Jamaica Plain and HBI’s Executive Director since 2007, was previously Director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Director of Economic Development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Director of the City of Boston's Office of Business Development and founding Director of Boston Main Streets.