Monday, March 28, 2016

HBI Comings and Goings

HBI is pleased to announce that Brian Awe, Barbara Boylan, Karilyn Crockett, Marla Curtis, Michael Durand were elected to membership of HBI’s Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting on March 23rd.   At the same meeting, HBI bid a sad farewell to outgoing board members Alex Krieger, Drew Leff, Carolyn Osteen, and Jay Wickersham, thanking them for their deep commitment to HBI’s work.  In particular, the Board cited the contributions of long-time board member Carolyn Osteen who completed 37 years of service to HBI.   Alex, Drew, Carolyn and Jay will join HBI’s Council of Advisors. 
HBI is very pleased to have the addition of this talented class of new board members:

Friday, March 18, 2016

North Bennet Street School Begins Exploratory Work at Fowler Clark

Last week, the first year preservation carpentry students from North Bennet Street School paid a visit to the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan to conduct an exploratory investigation of the circa 1786 farmhouse.  Instructor Steven O’Shaughnessy led the effort to carefully peel back the exterior layers of the front fa├žade to learn more about how the house had evolved over time.  While we knew there were clapboards beneath the outer layer of shingles, we did not know how old those clapboards were, or if they might have been original.  Not surprisingly, they were not original; Steve determined that the clapboards likely dated to sometime between the 1940s and 1960s, when the house was owned by the Epstein family.  The clapboards beneath the first floor windows were removed by the students to expose the sheathing, some of which appear to be original based on the appearance of the wood and the wrought nails used to attach. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Boston University to host "The Dynamic City: Futures for the Past" in April

This year the preservation world is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Passed in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act is a landmark piece of legislation that has served as the guidepost for historic preservation in the United States. It is also responsible for the creation of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Register of Historic Places.

The NHPA was enacted in reaction to urban renewal in the United States Post WWII. As cities grew and flourished, old buildings and neighborhoods were demolished in order to make room for the shiny and new. For the last half century the NHPA has saved countless historic sites and buildings and has cultivated a strong, active preservation community.
Flash forward to today and we continue to face the challenges a post WWII America faced. As cities continue to grow and change, what role does preservation play?

This week HBI would like to highlight an event that will explore this very question. The Dynamic City: Futures for the Past hosted by Boston University Initiative on Cities, Historic New England and Boston University’s American and New England Studies Program is a two day conference that will examine the urban history of New England and its relationships within a global context. It will take place on Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd at Boston University. To find out more about the event and to register, click here.