Seventh Bulfinch Award winners

The 2017 Bulfinch Award winners are featured on the Architecture Here and There blog

New Officers Elected at January 18, 2017 Board Meeting

At the January 18 Board of Trustees meeting David Andreozzi was elected as Chapter President and Sally Wilson as Chapter Vice President. The New England Chapter is also pleased to announce six new appointees to the Board of Trustees—David Brussat, Michael T. Gray, Doreen Joslow, Michael Tartamella, Robert Orr, and Leslie-jon Vickory. Welcome and congratulations!

Press release is available here

ICAA National Curriculum Conference 2016
Jefferson Society, University of Virginia

October 7 - 9, 2016

The NCC was the fourth annual conference for ICAA chapter educators from around the country to gather and develop their continuing education programs with the National ICAA; previous conferences took place in New York City, Newport, and Denver. The 30 attendees reviewed historical context, objectives, core curriculum, current programs and resources to further the ICAA’s mission to share classical design knowledge with our members, architects, designers, builders, the trades and the general public. ICAA Chairman of the Board Marc Ferguson, ICAA Education Director Edith Platten, and UC Denver Director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives Christine Franck led the proceedings, and Notre Dame Professor Emeritus Bill Westfall gave both a most interesting talk on the need for architectural history as well as leading the tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village along with the just recently restored (to Jefferson’s original design) the iconic Rotunda. Best practices where shared as the numerous chapters represented work to add or improve their own continuing education programs.


Classic Newport: A Tour of 18th Century Rhode Island Landmarks

October 2, 2016
The streets, houses and public buildings of colonial Newport were featured on a tour led by John Tschirch, Architectural HIstorian and ICAA New England Chapter Board Member. As one of the most historically intact cities in North America with the largest concentration of 18th century buildings, the day was filled with fine examples of classical design and craftsmanship of the Georgian era. We began on the steps of the Redwood Library (c. 1748), Peter Harrison's Neo-Palladian masterpiece, and continued on to see his other remarkable works at Touro Synagogue (c. 1762) and the Brick Market (c. 1763). Earlier Newport structures were also examined, including the Colony House (1741) at the heart of Washington Square and Trinity Church (c. 1726), an Anglican building modeled after the London churches of Christopher Wren and James Gibbs.

As we explored the narrow streets of the Point, a classically planned grid commissioned by the Society of Friends, we encountered numerous Georgian houses, from grand merchants residences to the homes and studios of the renowned 18th century craftsmen. The Nichols-Wanton-Hunter House (c. 1748) offered a superb interiors with fine bolection moldings and grained woodwork, all serving as the backdrop for a collection of Newport made furniture by the Townsend and Goddard families. 

Olmsted’s Muddy River Restored: Re-linking the Emerald Necklace

September 24, 2016
On a lovely early autumn day, attendees gathered on The Fens for a tour of the recently completed restoration of the Muddy River. Margaret Dyson, director of Historic Parks for Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department, began by recounting a history of The Fens, which existed as a brackish tidal area later to be developed into the Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to address sanitary and storm water issues during the rapid growth of Boston in 1879. Over the succeeding years intensification of development within the Muddy River and Stony Brook watersheds coupled with sedimentation and filling of The Fens had increased flood potential and diminished flood storage capacity. Under these conditions on October 21, 1996, after heavy rains, the Muddy River overflowed its banks and flooded adjacent areas, including the MBTA’s Kenmore subway station. This event became the catalyst for the Corps of Engineers' recent restoration of The Fens. Fifteen years in the making, the completion of the current work is the first phase in the renewal of a beloved landscape and upgrades the maintenance of an essential piece of Boston’s urban infrastructure. After walking the restored greenway and enjoying reclaimed vistas, our group gathered at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's Shattuck Visitors Center for a reception and relaxing conversation to conclude a beautiful autumn day on The Fens.

Board Member Cocktail Party at Marvin Showroom, 7 Tide Street Boston, MA

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

ICAA New England Chapter members enjoyed a fun night in an amazing space at 7Tide – with no shortage of good conversation and inspiration. Thank you to our generous hosts at 7Tide.

Architectural Tour of New Haven, Connecticut

Saturday, August 13, 2016
This full-day tour, led by Aaron Helfand and David Lewis, focused on the architecture and urban design of downtown New Haven and Yale University.  We began on the New Haven Green, with a discussion of the city's original nine-square plan and the growth of Yale's campus in relation to the city.  After an excellent lunch at Roìa Restaurant, we visited several landmark buildings, including the Bicentennial Buildings (Carrère & Hastings, 1902), the Sterling Memorial Library (Bertram Goodhue and James Gamble Rogers, 1930) and Yale's two new residential colleges, designed by Robert A.M. Stern, which are still under construction.  We also had the privilege of spending an hour at the Yale Center for British Art, where we were treated to a private viewing of rare 17th-19th century architectural books, prints, and drawings, including works by James Gibbs, William Chambers, C.R. Cockerell, and others.

Further Reading

Move Over, Marble: Plaster Gets Pride of Place, By Jane Margolies
From the New York Times SEPT. 1, 2016