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BPA Announces 2020 Preservation Awards

This year, the Boston Preservation Alliance’s Preservation Awards event will be virtual and will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15.


This year’s winners are:

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston
Boston Landmark District
Owner/Developer: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Architect: Elkus Manfredi Architects
General Contractor: Suffolk

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross stands in the South End like a monument to the history of the Catholic immigrant community. The cathedral sits about a block away from Franklin Square, the site of the first Catholic church in Boston, which was built in 1808.

Parkside on Adams – Substation
Owner/Developer: Peregrine Group, LLC
Architect:  PCA/Prellwitz Chilinski
General Contractor:  H.V. Collins
Once a part of the bustling MBTA (and the Boston Elevated Railway before that), the substation in Roslindale was one of seven throughout the city that managed the electric currents that ran the trolleys.

North Square

North Square
North  End
Owner/Developer: City of Boston
General Contractor:  Sons Construction

The North Square project was commissioned by the city of Boston to make the square an accessible focal point of the area that would better serve residents and tourists. Four new sculptures were added.


Dillaway-Thomas House
Owner/Developer: Mass. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation
Architects:  Arrowstreet Leonardi Aray Architects
General Contractor: Campbell Construction Group LLC

The house was built in 1750 as a parsonage for the First Church in Roxbury. Reverend Amos Adams lived in the house with his family until 1775 when they offered the house to General John Thomas to act as headquarters during the Revolutionary War.



Graves Light and Fog Signal Station
Boston Harbor
Owner/Developer: Graves Light and Fog Station LLC
Architect: John Chapman Architects

Many of the period materials used were repurposed from lost or renovated antique buildings, steamships, and other lighthouses to enhance the authenticity of the restoration.



Hub History Podcast
Owner/Developer: Hub History

Each episode explores a topic in incredible depth and by demonstrating a wide variety of connections to associated topics and facts. Several hours of research and writing are required to create the thirty-minute to hour-long episodes each week.



Revolution Hotel

The Revolution Hotel

South End

Owner/Developer: The Mount Vernon Company
Architect: PCA/Prellwitz Chilinski Associates
General Contractor: Kaplan Construction

Creative reuse of original elements leaves a stripped-down style exposing long-covered mid-century features such as concrete floors, a sweeping mezzanine, and a bank of original YWCA resident mailboxes.




The Whitney Hotel
Beacon Hill
Owner/Developer: Related Beal, LLC
Architect: Hacin + Associates
General Contractor: Commodore Builders

The Whitney Hotel project blends old and new, with a refurbished John Jeffries House and a highly contextual but clearly complementary new addition along Charles Street.

Myles Standish Hall
Revival Styles
Boston Landmark District
Owner/Developer: Boston University
Architect: MDS/Miller Dyer Spears
General Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Myles Standish Hall, formerly the Myles Standish Hotel has hosted everything from grand social events to Prohibition era speakeasies. As a dorm for Boston University, notables such as Howard Stern and Martin Luther King, Jr. graced its halls.

Carl R. Nold

The 2020 Codman Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Announced

The Boston Preservation Alliance presented its 2020 Codman Lifetime Achievement Award to Carl R. Nold, retiring president and CEO of Historic New England.

Nold steps down after a successful career at preservation organizations and museums across the country. He is past chairman of US-ICOM, the International Council of Museums.