John Amodeo to Lead Walking Tour of Boston’s South End for ABX2015

Oct 13, 2015

On Thursday, November 17th, Principal John Amodeo will lead a walking tour of the South End Landmark District. This ABX featured tour will focus on Designing Contemporary Buildings within a Historic District. John is Commissioner of both the Boston Landmarks Commission and South End Landmark District Commission, as well as an active member of the South End Historical Society and Historic New England. We hope to see you there!

Historic South End

TC2: Designing Contemporary Buildings within a Historic District

Thursday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Presented By: Boston Landmarks Commission

Designing new construction within a historic district doesn’t have to be a minefield of process. Understanding the essence of a historic district and its historic commission’s design standards and criteria can lead to a surprising variety of successful examples of new construction. Boston’s historic South End, the country’s largest Victorian Rowhouse District, was made a Landmark District in 1983, but contained scores of vacant lots and surface parking lots where contributing buildings were demolished by intent or neglect. The building booms of the last 15 years have filled in many of those vacant lots, providing many excellent examples of new projects, from multi-family housing, theaters, and church conversions on the grand avenues of Washington and Tremont Streets, to the intimate rowhouse infills of Shawmut Avenue and Lawrence Street. Two long-time Boston Landmark Commissioners and the South End Landmark District Commission staff preservationist will take you on a walking tour of the South End Landmark District, using it as a case study for new construction in a historic district, explaining what makes a building a “South End building” and demonstrating through many examples — some more successful than others — how new construction can best express itself as a “district” building.

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