Last Night's Preservation Awards
Last night at the 26th annual Boston Preservation Alliance Awards (they're almost old enough to win one of their own), we joined 450 guests at historic Faneuil Hall to honor the big names breathing new life into Boston buildings.
Former Boston Parks commissioner Toni Pollak (whom we snapped second from left with longtime BPA prez Susan Park) won the Codman Lifetime Achievement Award. As parks commissioner and former ED of the Preservation Alliance, Toni's accomplishments include the long-sought revival and redevelopment of the Ferdinand Building in Roxbury’s Dudley Square and the Brewer Fountain in Boston Common. She’s directed $125M in capital investments to at least 286 city parks and playgrounds.
Elkus Manfredi’s David Manfredi (whom we snapped with colleague Elizabeth Lowrey far right) and partner Howard Elkus led design work for Emerson College on the Cutler Majestic Theater and the Paramount Center, which went a long way in turning Midtown from a red light district to the family entertainment enclave for a resurgent downtown. They also brought us: the Charles Street T-stop, the Broad Institute, and Liberty Wharf. They’re working on the redevelopment of the iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Landmark Center (once a Sears Roebuck distribution center) in the Fenway.
Transforming a 1904 Boston Wharf warehouse in Fort Point into the new HQ for LogMeIn was a big step in the waterfront's makeover to hip innovation district. LPC’s John Cappellano, John Miller, and LogMeIn's James Kelliher worked on the Internet phenom's purchase and redevelopment of 320 Summer St. They brought on board The Architectural Team, Spagnolo Gisness, and Suffolk Construction. For the first time, BPA held a competition for favorite project. Of 10,000 votes cast, LogMeIn garnered the top spot with 3,000 yeahs.