City Council Awards First Batch of Boston Community Preservation Funds

Boston City Council voted on Thursday, June 21, to approve the first batch of Boston Community Preservation funding requests.
Thirty-five projects across the city were awarded funds totaling just over $8 million. 

“I am thrilled to see preservation projects in Boston get the funding they need through CPA,” said Alison Frazee, director of advocacy at the Alliance. Since 2017, Frazee has served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Yes for a Better Boston and provides technical assistance to the community. “Everyone is excited to get the first round of projects in the ground. I look forward to working with applicants to prepare for future rounds so that together we can preserve Boston's historic character.” 

The pilot round of CPA awarded $2,756,445 in funds to historic preservation and $1,330,900 in funds to blended projects in historic preservation and open and green space. The next round of applications will start August 15. Applications are due Friday, September 28


2018 CPA Grant Recipients in the Category of Historic Preservation (Pilot Round)

  • Vilna Shul, Beacon Hill
    External restoration, masonry and carpentry
  • Sip & Spoke Comfort Station, Dorchester 
    Gap funding to complete restoration
  • South End House, South End
    Gap funding to complete roof repairs
  • St. Augustine’s Chapel & Cemetery, South Boston 
    Gates to allow public access
  • Eliot Church, Roxbury 
    Restore corner stairs used by public
  • Roxbury Presbyterian, Roxbury 
    Gates to allow public access
  • First Church Roxbury, Roxbury 
    Finish exterior restoration - gates and grounds
  • Clap & Clapp Houses, North Dorchester
    Finish barn, carriage house and fence restoration
  • Old Josiah Quincy School, Chinatown 
    Stairs, wheelchair ramp
  • Otis House, West End 
    Exterior work
  • Emmanuel Church, Back Bay
    Doors, exterior work 

2018 CPA Grant Recipients in the Blended Category of Historic Preservation and Open & Green Space
(Pilot Round)

  • Franklin Park Bears Frieze, Grove Hall
    Restore masonry
  • Westland Ave Gateway, Fenway 
    Gap funding to complete restoration of Johnson Gates
  • Roseway Schooner, Fan Pier, Harbor
    Gap funding to restore ship
  • Olmsted Park, Jamaica Plain
    Woodlands, stairs, path restoration
  • Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, North End
    Gravestone restoration
  • Mt. Hope Cemetery, Roslindale 
    Plant trees
  • Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton 
    Finish path restoration, fix fence and gates


Preservation Achievement Awards & 40th Celebration

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Awards and the 40th Anniversary of the Alliance.

EVENT: Libations for Preservation

The Young Advisors of the Boston Preservation Alliance present the 5th annual craft cocktail competition, Libations for Preservation.

EVENT: Instagram Tour: Historic Breweries of Jamaica Plain

Boston was once home to 31 breweries, enough to bestow this storied city with the title of "most breweries per capita." A majority of the city's breweries are clustered around Stony…

Meet Our 2018 Summer Interns

The Boston Preservation Alliance offers internships to graduate and undergraduate students to help train the next generation of…

EVENT: Ladder Blocks Walking Tour

You’re invited to a special preview for Alliance and Boston By Foot members. The Ladder Blocks Walking Tour will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

The Preservation Bucket List + Photo Competition

The Alliance is turning 40 this year! To celebrate, we're sending you out with a Bucket List to explore the city.

EVENT: Preservation in Perpetuity: An Overview of Preservation Restrictions

Boston has a wonderful mix of historic buildings and sites, from stately row houses to 3-deckers, churches to commercial blocks.

EVENT: Preservation, Powered by PechaKucha

The Young Advisors of the Boston Preservation Alliance are hosting a PechaKucha night on Tuesday, May 15 at The Algonquin Club of Boston.

Director of Advocacy, Alison Frazee, recognized with highest honor at 2018 Tsongas Awards

The Alliance had an impressive showing at Preservation Massachusetts’s 30th Annual Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards Dinner held on May 9 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Alliance ED Guest Editor of Boston Architecture Diary

May is Preservation Month. To mark the occasion, Boston Architecture Diary tapped Greg Galer to share recommendations for preservation events happening around the city.

Does the three-decker have lessons for us today? 

Alliance Executive Director Greg Galer was a moderator for "Preserving Affordability, Affording Preservation," an April 27th conference hosted by Historic New England.

The Alliance Appoints New Board Chair and Elects New Board Member

The Boston Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Scoville as a new Board Chairman and the election of Sean Geary to the Board of Directors.

Alliance Celebrates 40 years, Looks Forward at 2018 Annual Meeting

The Boston Preservation Alliance is hosting its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 21 at historic Old South Church at Copley Square.

Density Done Right: Examples from Boston and Barcelona

By David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED AP

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