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Preservation & People (PM Newsletter), Winter / Spring 2006

Preservation & People (PM Newsletter), Winter / Spring 2006

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PreservatiON MASS45 School StreetBoston, MA02108
tel. 617-723-3383fax 617-523-3782www.preservationmass.org
Save YourSeat!
Preservation Massachusetts Awards DinnerThursday, May 11, 2006The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
(image courtesy of the Fairmont Copley Plaza)
Vol. 21, NO. 1
Trinity and Ten: 2005 Fall Event..........5
2005 Ten Most Endangered ................6
Into the West........................……….11
2006 Seminars & Workshops ............13
Here Today……Gone Tomorrow
The First J.P. Coburn House on Beacon Hill was listed on the 2005 10 Endangered for its architectural and historic significance.Before the official announcement could take place, the building was gutted and partly demolished by the removal of the roof andsecond story in October. See the complete story on page….
2005 Ten Most Endangered
Preservation & People,
Winter/Spring 2006
Preservation Mass
James G. Alexander, FAIA,
Claudia Sauermann Wu,
James W. Igoe,
David Siewers,
Jack Hodgkins,
 Assistant Treasurer 
Allen F. Johnson,
ClerkBoard of Directors
Thomas F. BirminghamKathleen Leahy Born, AIACarol BratleyJean Carroon, AIAMark ChardavoyneAnthony ConsigliMerrill H. DiamondBeverley JohnsonDouglas Kelleher Robert H. Kuehn, Jr.Sean McDonnellLouis Miller Clarissa RoweYanni TsipisRita WalshLynn Wolff
James W. Igoe,
Elsa Fitzgerald,
Special Projects Manager 
Linda K. Lukas,
Corporate Development
Erin D A Kelly,
Office Manager/Preservation Advocate
PreservatiON MASS gratefully acknowledgesthe following Corporate Members
Architectural HeritageFoundationBoston Red Sox FoundationWinn Development
James W. Flett Co., Inc.The Max and Victoria DreyfusFoundation
The Beacon CompaniesBoston Red SoxCarpenter & Company, Inc.C.B. Richard Ellis – NE Partners LPCBT/Childs.Bertman.Tseckares.Inc.Consigli Construction Co., Inc.Epsilon AssociatesFinegold Alexander + AssociatesHistoric Boston, Inc.NER Construction Management,Inc.Suffolk ConstructionWorcester Center for PerformingArts
Please visit www.preservationmass.orgfor a complete list of all our Corporate Members
 From the President,
Traditionally, this issue of Preservation & People describes our Ten MostEndangered resources. This year has been an exceptional one for our strongestadvocacy program. Before our official announcement of the list, we experi-enced the thrills of success and the pain of loss. Supporters of the WenhamTown Hall used an early notice to stave off demolition and an amendment thatwould severely compromise the authority of a local Historic District Commis-sion. Only a few days later we learned of a partial and compromising demoli-tion at the site of the First John P. Coburn House on Beacon Hill that broughtthe fragility of our historic resources right to our doorstep. This is also theappropriate time to look back at last year and as importantly, look forward toour vision for 2006 and our optimism as we move both new and current pro-grams forward. Amazingly; I’m in my fifth year at Preservation Massachusetts. In the fourplus years that I’ve been a part of the statewide, there have been lots of changes,new board members, new programs and new challenges. I want to thank every-one, past and present, who’ve worked so hard on landscape and historic proper-ties issues over the past 20 years.Let’s look back at some of our accomplishments during a terrific 2005. The Annual Awards Dinner with the Red Sox owners replete with World Series ringswas not only exciting but hugely rewarding as our most important fund raisingevent of the year. As always, our Fall Event, showcasing our Ten Most Endan-gered Properties list has become a big annual event in its own right.Preservation Massachusetts’ leadership efforts with the State Tax Credit tookwhat was initially nothing more than a bit of hope and a proposal three yearsago to being recognized nationally as an excellent economic development moti-vator. The annual cap, when passed, will be between 30 and 50 million dollars.This tax credit has created and solidified partnerships between preservationistsand developers that was thought unimaginable several years ago. Clearly thisleadership effort has been good for preservation in Massachusetts but alsoimportant as we’ve developed growing corporate relationships and membershipbase. We can very proudly say that we’ve taken the initiative and the lead forseveral years and today it’s really paying off.Looking ahead, we hope to make 2006 just as successful a year, if not moreso! Our ever growing Barn Task Force is capitalizing on two successful confer-ences with a series of seminars and their third annual conference this fall. Wecontinue to look for funding opportunities for a Field Service Coordinator toassist communities dealing with the still lingering Archdiocese property closings.Our Historic District/Historic District Commissions Committee has scheduled aseries of the educational Preservation 101 and 201 programs for the year. Andour latest venture, a Circuit Rider proposal for Central and Western Massachu-setts! In partnering with the National Trust, we see this program as a great toolto effectively broaden our statewide influence and impact, while providing pro-fessional preservation assistance and support to areas of the Commonwealth thatwe currently unable to reach. Please read the “Into the West: AdventuresBeyond Rt. 495” article for the full story!Clearly, Preservation Massachusetts continues to grow and mature into thestrong, effective and supportive statewide preservation organization that all of us envisioned when I came on five years ago. There is still much to do and weseek all the support we can get from our membership and preservation mindedcitizens of the Commonwealth! Here’s to building on our success in 2006!
 Jim IgoePresident, Preservation Mass

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