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The Boston Preservation Alliance celebrated a record-breaking event alongside Governor Charlie Baker and Larry Curtis with $400,000 raised.
Larry Curtis and Governor Baker
Left to right: Chris Scoville, Board Chair, Greg Galer. Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance, Larry Curtis, Governor Charlie Baker. © Randy H. Goodman

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Boston, MA (October 22, 2019)— Governor Charlie Baker joined 400 enthusiastic preservationists, architects, and many in the development and construction fields at the 31st annual Preservation Achievement Awards hosted by the Boston Preservation Alliance. This record-breaking year raised over $400,000 from 143 corporate sponsors and individuals, showing the importance of preservation in Boston’s built environment, and supporting the Alliance’s 41-year-old mission. 

Governor Charlie Baker presented the President’s Award for Excellence to Larry Curtis and WinnCompanies for their adaptive reuse projects as well as Larry’s advocacy work to save the impactful Federal Historic Tax Credit. Governor Baker spoke to the power of preservation. He said, “A lot of people put elbow grease into saving the historic tax credit and thank god they did! The beauty of historic preservation is that it not only gives you a chance to enjoy the glory of what buildings represent, but it also gives you a chance to preserve the stories of how they came to be in the first place, which is really special.” 

Larry Curtis and WinnCompanies are responsible for many preservation projects including the 2003 Preservation Prize-winning Walter Baker Lofts in Dorchester. Larry said he sees preservation as a “positive force for growth and development in Boston.” He feels his role in preservation is to make sure the past has a future. 

Andrea Gilmore, a conservator whose work engages countless Bostonians daily, received the Codman Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding and career-long contributions to historic preservation and conservation in Boston.

Preservation Award-winning projects include: 
-    240A Newbury Street (Back Bay)
-    2101 Washington Street (Roxbury)
-    Boston Volvo (Allston)
-    Dahod Family Alumni Center at Boston University (Back Bay)
-    Fowler Clark Epstein Farm (Mattapan)
-    Longfellow Bridge (West End)
-    Senate Chambers (Beacon Hill)
-    Franklin Park (Dorchester) – received the stewardship award

After a close race, the public-voted Fan Favorite award was won by the Senate Chambers Restoration. The award was accepted by DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone.

Fan Favorite goes to the Senate Chambers
Left to right: Governor Charlie Baker, Laurie Lebbon, Fran Colantonio, Carol Gladstone, Commissioner DCAMM, Greg Galer. © Randy H. Goodman

When people conjure images of Boston, they don’t think of shiny glass towers. They think of rows of brick buildings, winding streets, and the places that are important not only to Boston’s history, but the history of the United States. To echo Larry Curtis, the Boston Preservation Alliance is in the business of making sure the past has a future. Greg Galer, Alliance Executive Director thanked the gathered “for joining us in this endeavor to be thoughtful about the city’s change and evolution so that we don’t erase what makes Boston, Boston in our enthusiasm for continued growth.”

About the Boston Preservation Alliance:
The Boston Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit organization that protects and improves the quality of Boston’s distinct architectural heritage. Through advocacy and education, the Alliance brings people and organizations together to influence the future of Boston’s historic buildings, landscapes, and communities. Their mission is to protect the places, promote the vibrancy, and preserve the character that makes Boston, Boston.

For more information about the Alliance, the Preservation Achievement Awards, or this year’s winners, please contact Alison Frazee at afrazee@bostonpreservation.org. 

 

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About the Awards:
Bestowed annually since 1988, the Preservation Achievement Awards honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. Celebrated for their positive impact on the city’s built environment, winning projects are looked upon as models for future preservation work. 
 

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