Chapter Events

Tour of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site


Join us to Tour Frederick Law Olmstead's home in Brookline & his Local Work,
Including the Emerald Necklace

Date and Time TBD.

Frederick Law Olmsted
99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Tour of Classical Newport: Treasures of the 18th Century Town


John Tschirch, Architectural Historian

This walking tour of the Historic Hill and Point districts, let by Architectural Historian John Tschirch, will explore the landmark public buildings, houses and streetscapes of Newport, one of the most historically intact 18th century cities in America.

Date and Time TBD.

Historic Hill and Point districts
Newport, RI

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A Guided Tour of Architecturally Significant Homes of Salem, MA

Salem, Mass. contains one of the greatest concentrations of notable pre-1900 domestic structures extant in the U.S. Of particular interest are the numerous Federal Era townhouses and free standing homes lining Chestnut Street –considered one of the most beautiful streetscapes in America. We will not only see the impressive exterior facades along this street, but also be invited inside by the current owners to view the significant details of the first floors.

The tour will be led by the prominent lecturer, curator, and scholar, Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem. Mr. Lahikainen is the author of Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style, the book associated with the hugely successful exhibit of 2007 - 2008, which explored McIntire’s architectural carvings.

Attendance will be limited to 25 people. We will walk in the historic district and be admitted to 4 private homes, plus one home owned by Historic New England. There will be a social hour after the tour at a private home, with hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Landscape Architecture & Architecture of Wellesley College

Professor Emeritus Dr. Peter Fergusson will lead a tour of Wellesley College with a focus on the landscape & architecture of the campus. With its natural glacial topography, master plans by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and Michael Van Valkenburgh, and Elizabethan Gothic Revival architecture, Wellesley College has long been recognized as combining landscape architecture & architecture to create one of the masterpieces of campus design in North America. Fergusson co-authored ‘The Landscape & Architecture of Wellesley College’, and will provide information and insight as he leads a walking tour of the campus. After the tour, there will be a reception at James Beard award-winning chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger featuring hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Cognitive Architecture: An Evening with Author Ann Sussman

Author Ann Sussman will discuss her recent book Cognitive Architecture, written with Justin B. Hollander, which reveals the subconscious tendencies at work when we navigate the world around us. These 'hidden' predispositions reflect our long evolutionary trip as revealed by recent research in psychology and neuroscience, and can help explain why we favor certain urban conditions and building configurations and shun others. 

Ann Sussman, AIA, is an architect, artist, writer, and community organizer. With Justin Hollander, she created the Open Neighborhood Project, using art, craft and digital tools to increase public participation in planning, and earning the Commonwealth's "Gold Star Award."

Her studio is at ArtScape in the Bradford Mill, an art and business enclave in Concord, Massachusetts.

Americans in Paris: Talk and Book-signing by Co-author Margot M. Ellis

Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age, Architecture Students at the École des Beaux-Arts 1846-1946

AMERICANS IN PARIS tells the story of an influential group of American architecture students who attended the École des Beaux-Arts and went on to design and build many of our nation’s most recognized buildings and monuments. American alumni of the world-renowned school, famous for being the greatest art and architecture school in the world at the time, include Richard Morris Hunt, Guy Lowell, John Russell Pope, Julia Morgan, and many others.

Margot M. Ellis was educated at Manhattanville College where she received a bachelor’s degree in French Studies and Harvard University where she received a master’s degree in Anthropology. Hired as a research assistant by Mr. Carlhian, Miss Ellis spent 15 years completing the manuscript and brought it to publication after the death of Mr. Carlhian in 2012. She is an author and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. The late Jean Paul Carlhian, while with the legendary Boston firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, is most noted for enlivening the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Carlhian designed the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, both part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. In addition, he designed campus buildings for Harvard University, where he formerly taught at the Graduate School of Design, Northeastern University in Boston, and Middlebury College in Vermont. He graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in 1945, receiving the best thesis prize and, as a Wheelwright fellow at Harvard, received a master's degree in City Planning in 1947.

There will be copies of the book for sale and a book signing afterwards.

Historic Berkshire County: A guided expedition to 'The Mount' and 'Naumkeag'

Naumkeag Blue Steps

Sponsored by Paragon Landscape Construction

Please join us for a day of landscape & architecture exploration as we depart the Boston area in a chartered mini-coach to visit two historically significant sites in bucolic Berkshire County.

Our first stop will be Pulitzer-prize winning author Edith Wharton's estate 'The Mount', with landscape architecture by Beatrix Farrand and Edith Wharton, and revival architecture by Ogden Codman Jr. and Hoppin & Koen. We will have a guided tour of the house, followed by a tour of the grounds. After a catered lunch on the terrace, we will depart for nearby Naumkeag.

We are visiting this renowned property with landscape architecture by Fletcher Steele and architecture by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White at a particularly opportune time: many of Naumkeag's stunning gardens have recently undergone a significant renovation. A guided tour will take us through the impressive house and grounds.

4 AIA CEUs available.

Cost includes transportation, admission, tours, and catered lunch.

William Hodgins Interiors: Lecture and Book-signing by Author Stephen M. Salny

One of the deans of American interior decoration, William Hodgins follows in the footsteps of the legendary Billy Baldwin and also Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, for whom he worked early in his career. Based in Boston since the late 1960s, Hodgins’ work encompasses residential commissions from New England to Florida, as far west as California, and overseas. His interiors have been celebrated in the pages of Architectural Digest, House & Garden, House Beautiful, and other magazines and books. This is the first publication entirely devoted to his oeuvre, which spans five decades.

Stephen M. Salny is also the author of The Country Houses of David Adler (2001), Frances Elkins: Interior Design (2005), and Michael Taylor: Interior Design (2009). Salny, who grew up in the Boston area and has had a long-standing interest in interior decoration, first became familiar with Hodgins’ work when he was thirteen and knew many families who hired Hodgins to decorate their homes. The two met in the early 1980s at a Hodgins client’s home in Palm Beach and became good friends. In writing about Hodgins, Salny has had the privilege and pleasure of spending quality time with him, his associates, former employees, and many of his clients.

Salny also oversees a family real estate management business and sits on several cultural and literary boards, including the Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) and Friends of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

6:00 pm Reception (cash bar)
7:00 pm Talk, booksigning

Royal Oak Boston Lecture

The Grand(er) Tour: Architectural Imagination Beyond the Classical World
Abraham Thomas, Architectural Historian

Co-sponsored by the NE Chapter of the ICAA

For centuries, architects have used travel to fuel their cultural and artistic education. From the late 17th to early 19th century, the Grand Tour of Greek and Roman sites of antiquity was de rigueur for any architect, providing a finishing school for young men wishing to round off their academic training. However, the 19th century witnessed travels further afield, with architects venturing to regions such as Southern Spain, the Middle East and India, seeking inspirational sources from Ancient Egypt and the Islamic world. J.D. Crace’s Egyptian drawings, James Ferguson’s studies of Indian architecture, and Christopher Dresser’s designs from Japan among others transformed European and English collecting habits and influenced design taste. They also created new fields of architectural discourse. Today, the ambition and hunger for architectural travel has continued to evolve. Rather than visiting Athens and Rome, contemporary architects such as Jean Nouvel now travel to places such as Lagos and Dhaka to understand contemporary urban planning. Using drawings and photographs from the Royal Institute of British Architects’ collection, Abraham Thomas will illustrate various journeys undertaken by designers during the past 300 years, demonstrating how these adventures expanded and enriched the creative and intellectual imagination—resulting in buildings that have changed the architectural landscape of London, Paris, New York and the rest of the world.

Abraham Thomas is an independent curator and writer based in Washington D.C. He worked for 8 years as Curator of Designs at the Victoria and Albert Museum where he developed a detailed and intimate knowledge of the RIBA collections, some of which are housed at the V&A. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Thomas served as Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum. He has published and lectured on a wide variety of architecture and design topics, with a focus on the 19th century to the present day. At the V&A he curated a number of exhibitions, including Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary; 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces; and the V&A’s international touring exhibition Owen Jones: Islamic Design, Discovery & Vision. He is currently developing an exhibition on the 20th-century High-Tech style movement in architecture and design, which he is curating for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in 2018.

The Royal Oak Foundation is the American membership affiliate of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to inspire Americans to learn about, experience and support places of great historic and natural significance in the United Kingdom.

Registration is required through Royal Oak: or 800-913-6565, x. 201
$30 members & co-sponsor members*; $40 non-members
*use co-sponsor code 16SICAANE to receive the member price

A reception will follow the 6:00 pm lecture.

6th Bulfinch Awards Keynote Lecture by Justin Shubow

This year’s Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) New England Chapter's Sixth Bulfinch Awards Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society (NCAS) and a vigorous proponent of Classicism. Founded in 2002, the NCAS supports the same agenda to foster a beautiful and meaningful civic realm as the ICAA. The NCAS president has become a leading figure in the classical revival, notably through his column at Forbes magazine, and has led popular opposition to the Frank Gehry design for a national memorial to Dwight Eisenhower.

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6th Annual Bulfinch Awards Ceremony Gala


Reception, Dinner and Awards Ceremony Gala

This year the awards ceremony has been expanded to a major gala at the main Harvard Club in Boston, having been held at the Massachusetts State House for the first five years of the program as a reception. Please join the New England Chapter of the ICAA as well as our sponsors and colleagues throughout the traditional design community to honor and celebrate some of the region’s best contemporary classical architecture and its allied arts.

Reception: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Opening Remarks and Welcome: 7:30 - 7:45 pm
Dinner: 7:45 - 8:30 pm
Dessert and Awards Presentations: 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Parking: There is limited parking available behind the Club, at $32 for the evening. If this lot is full, the attendants will direct you to other garages in the area.

For more information contact Sally Wilson at (978) 578-7129.

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Rejuvenating a Colonial Era Landmark: Christ Church Cambridge

The sanctuary of Christ Church is an important landmark. It was designed by Peter Harrison, one of the first architects in the Colonies, who also designed King’s Chapel and Touro Synagogue. Built in 1762, the sanctuary saw history unfold: George and Martha Washington attended a service, and Colonial troops later occupied the sanctuary for a period during the Revolution. Over its 250 year history the sanctuary was remodeled several times. As the building approached its quarter of a millennium anniversary, its congregation sought to fully renovate the chancel and properly restore the exterior.

Frank Shirley of Frank Shirley Architects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will conduct a tour showcasing his firm’s recent work in renovating, restoring, and preserving this historic landmark for a 21st century congregation.

Tour of New Haven and the Yale Center for British Art

On this tour led by Aaron Helfand and David Lewis, we will explore the classical and Gothic architectural treasures of New Haven and Yale University. Highlights will include the Bicentennial Buildings by Carrẻre & Hastings and the newly renovated Sterling Library of James Gamble Rogers. We will also have the opportunity to view rarely seen architectural drawings, etchings, and watercolors from the collection of the Yale Center for British Art.

Aaron Helfand, AIA is an architect with Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston and a board member of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. David Frazer Lewis, PhD, is an architectural historian based at the Yale Center for British Art.

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Round trip transportation from Boston to New Haven and lunch is included. The bus will meet outside the Park Street T Station in Boston at 8:30 am and return at approximately 8:00 pm.

For those not taking the bus, we will meet at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut at 11:30 am.

For additional information, contact Sarah Macdonald at or 617.913.2277.