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Citywide celebration of Boston’s public spaces – the architectural and cultural cornerstones
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Building Boston Brochure

  1. 1. Building BostonA citywide celebration of Boston’s public spacesBoston Public Library 2012– Building Boston is a citywide celebration of Boston’s public spaces – the architectural and cultural cornerstones that have provided a place for generations to build and share community. Throughout the city’s long history, our gardens, sports arenas, libraries, courthouses, public transportation centers, and memorials have represented some of the most distinctive and well-known elements of the cityscape. Building Boston explores the stories behind the creation of these iconic public venues, examining the conceivers, constructors, chroniclers, and ever-changing set of users who call these spaces their own.
  2. 2. Exhibitions Central Library in Copley SquarePalaces for the People: The People’s Own:Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces the Construction of the McKim BuildingSeptember 28, 2012 – February 24, 2013 Changing Exhibits Gallery October 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013 Rare Books LobbyThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston Public Library From 1885 to 1895, the sounds of construction and the shouts ofpartner to present the first major exhibition on the Guastavino Company laborers filled Copley Square. Passersby leaned out of trolley cars toand its architectural and historical legacy. Rafael Guastavino – Spanish get a better look and curious pedestrians stood in wonder in front ofimmigrant, innovative builder, and visionary designer – and his son Rafael Old South Church as the new Boston Public Library slowly took shape.Jr. contributed to the design and construction of structural tile vaulting Designed by Charles Follen McKim of the architectural firm McKim, Mead,in more than 1,000 major buildings across the United States, including and White, the McKim Building – as it is now known – opened its doorsthe Boston Public Library, Ellis Island, and Grand Central Station. Palaces in February of 1895 at a cost of $2.5 million. The People’s Own featuresfor the People features original drawings from the company’s archives; historic photographs, dating primarily from August 1888 to Decemberlarge-scale, contemporary photographs of Guastavino construction; 1889, that document the library’s construction. These photographsa half-scale model vault showcasing the firm’s building techniques; and provide a pictorial narrative of the McKim Building, from the first shovelshistoric artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts. This exhibition is funded of earth to the beautiful edifice that stands a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.ExhibitionsAn Elevated View: The Orange Line Boston During the Gilded Age:October 19, 2012 – January 19, 2013 Wiggin Gallery Mapping Public PlacesTwenty-five years ago, the MBTA relocated the Orange Line, November 16, 2012 – March 17, 2013 Norman B. Leventhal Map Centerdismantling the elevated rail that had long defined Boston’s Southwest The Gilded Age in the late 19th century was a period of transformationCorridor. Two years prior to the project, the private nonprofit agency in Boston. Ingenious engineering projects allowed the City to expand,URBANARTS organized, on behalf of the MBTA, a program called and a devastating fire led to swift and progressive redevelopment of theArts in Transit. The project paired photographers with photography commercial district. Documenting Boston’s radically changing geography,students to document the corridor in transition from Forest Hills to this exhibition uses maps and other graphics from the Boston PublicDover Station. In the fall of 1985, the students and their teachers Library’s special collections to focus on the evolving street pattern andbegan photographing the Orange Line and its architectural and social emerging park system. The story begins with the Boston Common andsurroundings. An Elevated View features more than 65 photographs Public Garden, moving west to examine the growth of open spaces infrom the project held by the Boston Public Library Print Department. Back Bay, then south to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, finishing with the development of Copley Square.
  3. 3. Special Tours Central Library in Copley SquareBoston Sports TemplesNovember 17, 2012 – May 31, 2013 Johnson LobbyBoston Sports Temples showcases Boston’s beloved sports venues – Guastavino at the BPL Toursmost notably the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, Braves Field, and Suffolk Through February 23, 2013Downs – and their unique roles in the hearts and daily lives of generations Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pmof New Englanders. Featuring the Boston Public Library’s outstanding Guided tours of the gallery exhibition Palaces for the People:collection of historic sports photography, the exhibition follows the Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces will becreation and evolution of these four great public venues; their varied and followed by a special library tour featuring examples ofchanging roles, functions, and communities of users; and their powerful Guastavino vaulting throughout the building. The hour-connections with millions of devoted fans who have filled their seats long tours are free and open to the public. No reservationsnight after night, season after season. This exhibition is sponsored by required. Meet in the Palaces for the People exhibition,the Boston Public Library Foundation. located in the Changing Exhibits Gallery.Lowell Lecture Series: Common Ground Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley SquareBuilt around the theme “Common Ground,” David Macaulaydistinguished speakers in the 2012–2013 Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:00 pmLowell Lecture Series will discuss From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, the humanthe creation and evolution of race’s great architectural and engineeringpublic spaces — both historical accomplishments have been demystified through David Macaulay’s elaborate show-and contemporary. and-tells. Born in 1946, David Macaulay moved from England to New Jersey at the ageThis series is generously of eleven and began to draw seriously aftersponsored by the Lowell Institute, graduating from high school. He publishedestablished in 1836 with the his first lavishly illustrated book, Cathedral,specific mission of making in 1973. Following in this tradition, Macaulaygreat ideas accessible created other books – including City, Castle,to all people, free Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding,of charge. and Mosque – that have provided the explanations of the architectural how and why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. His detailed illustrations and sly humor have earned him fans of all ages, and five titles have been made into popular PBS television programs. His many awards include the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, and the Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
  4. 4. Robert Campbell and Justice Stephen Breyer andPeter Vanderwarker Judge Douglas WoodlockTuesday, November 13, 2012 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:00 pmBoston Globe architecture critic U.S. Supreme Court Justice StephenRobert Campbell and photographer Breyer has always had a special interestPeter Vanderwarker co-authored in architecture: he helped oversee theCityscapes of Boston: An American design and construction of the JohnCity through Time (1994), which explored Joseph Moakley United States CourthouseBoston past and present and the rise, fall, and harbor park in Boston and wrote theand evolution of urban centers. Campbell foreword to Celebrating the Courthouse:received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism A Guide for Architects, Their Clients,for his writing on architecture. He has been and the Public. He currently serves asin private practice as an architect since a jury member for the prestigious Pritzker1975 and has served as a consultant to Architecture Prize. In 1980, he wascultural institutions and cities. He received appointed to the United States Court ofthe 2004 Award of Honor of the Boston Appeals for the First Circuit by PresidentSociety of Architects, “in recognition of Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990.outstanding contributions to architecture In 1994, he was appointed a Supreme Courtand to the profession.” Peter Vanderwarker is Justice by President Clinton. Douglas P.a freelance photographer and author whose Woodlock was appointed a United Stateswork interprets both natural and man-made District Judge for the District of Massachusettsenvironments. He is the author or co-author of in 1986. He was a charter member of thefour books, including The Big Dig: Reshaping Space, Facilities and Security Committee ofan American City. Vanderwarker holds a the Judicial Conference of the United States,degree in Architecture from the University of developing design standards for federalCalifornia at Berkeley and served as a Loeb courthouses nationally. In 1996, he receivedFellow at Harvard University in 1996 the Thomas Jefferson Award for Publicand 1997. Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.Lowell Lecture Series: Common Ground John Ochsendorf Maya Lin Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:00 pm Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:00 pm John Ochsendorf is Associate Professor Maya Lin has created a remarkable of Architecture and Civil and Environmental body of work that includes large-scale Engineering at MIT, where he researches site-specific installations, intimate studio the mechanics of historic monuments and artworks, architecture, and memorials. the design of more sustainable buildings. Her artwork has been shown in museum He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: and gallery exhibitions in the United The Art of Structural Tile (2010). States and around the world. Ochsendorf directs the Guastavino A committed environmentalist, she is also at research project at MIT and is the curator work on her last memorial, What is Missing?, of Palaces for the People: Guastavino and a multi-sited artwork that raises awareness America’s Great Public Spaces, the first about the current crisis surrounding major exhibition celebrating the Guastavino biodiversity and habitat loss. Company and its architectural legacy, on view at the Central Library through February 24, Lin graduated from Yale University receiving 2013. Ochsendorf has received numerous a BA in 1981 and an MA in 1986, and international awards, including a Rome Prize has maintained a professional studio in from the American Academy in Rome, the New York City since then. She is a member Edoardo Benvenuto Prize in Mechanics and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Architecture from Genoa, and a MacArthur the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. and was awarded the National Medal of Arts MacArthur Foundation. by President Barack Obama in 2009.
  5. 5. Janet Marie SmithThursday, March 7, 2013 6:00 pmJanet Marie Smith served as Senior VicePresident of Planning and Development forthe Boston Red Sox from 2002 to 2009,overseeing the preservation of historicFenway Park and leading the programthat placed this significant landmark onthe National Historic Register. In 2012,the Boston Baseball Writers honored Smithwith a Special Achievement Award forher work at Fenway Park. Smith previouslyworked for the Orioles from 1989-94 asVice President of Planning and Developmentduring the design and construction of OriolePark at Camden Yards. In August 2012,Smith joined the Los Angeles Dodgersas Senior Vice President of Planning andDevelopment to oversee upgrades andenhancements to Dodger Stadium.More Programs & Lectures Panel Discussion: The Friends of the Public Garden: Orange Line Photographers Four Decades of Thursday, November 1, 2012 6:00 pm Public-Private Partnership Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square Thursday, November 1, 2012 6:30 pm West End Branch In the fall of 1985, the Arts in Transit project Speaker Elizabeth Vizza is the Executive Director of the Friends of paired photographers with photography students to the Public Garden, a nonprofit partner with the City of Boston Parks document Boston’s elevated Orange Line rail system Department. Since 1970, the group has been dedicated to caring and its architectural and social surroundings prior to for Boston’s first public parks: the Boston Common, Public Garden, the elevated’s demolition in 1987. David Akiba and and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Vizza has served on many nonprofit Lou Jones, two photographers involved with the project, boards and public agency task forces dealing with the creation, will discuss their photos and their experiences capturing protection, and enhancement of urban public space and historic neighborhoods in transition. landscapes. This program is presented in partnership with the Friends of the Public Garden.
  6. 6. Lego Building Class: Boston Neighborhoods:Create Your Own Public Space People, Place, and PlanningFridays: November 9, 16, 23 and 30 3:30 pm Fields Corner Branch Wednesday, January 9, 2013 6:00 pm Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley SquareTuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, and 29 3:30 pm Tierney Learning Center An exploration of how people, place, and planning interactedThis is a four-week class where children will create and construct throughout history to create the Boston of today, includinga public space, a park, a subway station, or a sports stadium using the “eras” of Boston’s history shaped by these forces.Legos. Please register in advance with one of the Boston Public Library James Madden is a co-creator with MIT professor Tunney Leelocations listed above. This program is a partnership with the Children’s of “Boston: People, Place, and Planning,” a web-based,Technology Workshop Boston. comprehensive, and accessible history of Boston’s urban development.The Grandest Boulevard:Commonwealth Avenue MallThursday, December 13, 2012 6:00 pmCommonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley SquareCommonwealth Avenue Mall is a grand allée of shaded trees formingthe central axis of the Back Bay and connecting the Public Gardento the Back Bay Fens. From its inception in 1856, the Mall has beena vital and beautiful amenity for both residents and visitors; WinstonChurchill praised it as “the grandest boulevard in North America.”Speaker Margaret Pokorny moved to Back Bay in 1980. Her thesis forthe Radcliffe Seminars program in Landscape Design was a history andmaster plan for the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Pokorny has served onthe boards of the Friends of Copley Square, the Friends of the PublicGarden, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, the GardenClub of the Back Bay, and the Esplanade Association. This program ispresented in partnership with the Friends of the Public Garden.More Programs & Lectures continuedAnnual Druker Lecture: Joe Gallo & Public ArtCelebrating Art and Design Monday, February 11, 2013 6:30 pm Adams Street BranchSaturday, January 12, 2013 3:00 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6:30 pm Faneuil BranchAbbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square Tuesday, April 23, 2013 6:30 pm South End BranchElizabeth Diller is a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro,an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, Boston is home to some of the most extraordinary public art inthe visual arts, and the performing arts. DS+R’s projects include North America and features works by such famed sculptors asthe Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Lincoln Center Daniel Chester French, Katherine Lane Weems, George Aarons, andexpansion and renovation in New York, the Museum of Image and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Joseph Gallo, author of Boston Bronze &Sound in Rio de Janeiro, the Blur Building in Switzerland, the Broad Stone Speak To Us: A Guide to Public Sculpture in Boston, willMuseum in Los Angeles, and the Columbia University Business School. present a slide show highlighting notable monuments throughoutDS+R are recipients of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, the city and will also discuss various social and ethnographic patternsthe National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize that emerge in Boston’s public art.from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, and numerousAIA awards. Diller is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.Incombustible Construction:Guastavino’s Fireproof Vaults in ContextTuesday, January 15, 2013 6:00 pmOrientation Room, Central Library in Copley SquareRafael Guastavino’s floor and ceiling vaults are celebrated for theirbeauty, but they were introduced originally for a very practical reason:to protect buildings from fire. This lecture will present the history ofsystems of fireproof floor construction used in the United States andillustrate how Guastavino’s system compared with the alternativeswhen it was introduced. Speaker Sara E. Wermiel is an independentscholar, historic preservation consultant, and teacher. Her specialtiesare the history of nineteenth-century American technology,industrialization, and urbanization.
  7. 7. Boston’s Chinatown:Beyond Stereotypes, Food, and BoundariesWednesday, February 13, 2013 6:00 pmOrientation Room, Central Library in Copley SquareBoston’s Chinatown started on Harrison Avenue around 1880 toserve as the center for the Chinese in the Greater Boston area. Today,Chinatown has evolved into an active residential neighborhood and a vitalcommercial and services center for Greater Boston. Speaker Tunney Leewas born in Taishan, Guangdong, China; grew up in Boston’s Chinatown;and attended the Quincy School and Boston Latin. Professor Lee isretired from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and theDepartment of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.A History of Fenway ParkWednesday, March 6, 2013 6:30 pm Adams Street BranchRichard A. Johnson serves as the curator of the Sports Museum atTD Garden. He has authored and edited numerous books on a varietyof sports topics, including histories of each of Boston’s four majorsports franchises as well as the Boston Braves, Boston Garden,Boston Marathon, and a century of Boston sports. During his lecture,Mr. Johnson will discuss the history of various Boston sports temples,such as Braves Field, Fenway Park, and the Boston Garden.More Programs & Lectures continuedThe Harbor Islands: The Memoir Project:Boston’s Unique Neighborhood Recording the Memoirs of Boston’s SeniorsWednesday, March 13, 2013 6:00 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:00 pmOrientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley SquareOne of Boston’s most noted archaeologists presents the history of Since 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston’s Elderlythis unique area and explains why it can be considered a neighborhood. Commission have partnered with a local nonprofit, Grub Street, toSpeaker Ellen Berkland is the former Boston City Archeologist and produce the Memoir Project. The project has gathered senior citizenscurrently serves as the Archaeologist for the Department of Conservation from Boston neighborhoods to write down their personal memories,and Recreation. an important part of the great history of the city. This landmark project guides participants in sharing their stories through writing their memories in bound journals for their families and future generations to learn fromThe West End: and remember. Project staff will describe how the partnership came about and explain the techniques they use for gathering and writingFrom Early Immigration to Urban Excess oral histories.Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:00 pmOrientation Room, Central Library in Copley SquareJames Campano and Duane Lucia of the West End Museum willpresent a broad look at an important American urban neighborhoodfrom the seventeenth century to the present time. The West EndMuseum is a neighborhood museum located at 150 Staniford Streeton the ground floor of West End Place. The museum is dedicatedto the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the historyand culture of the West End of Boston. James Campano isFounder of the West End Museum and Duane Lucia isthe Executive Director.
  8. 8. Images courtesy of the Boston Public Library Print Department, including photos by Russ Adams, David Akiba, and Leslie Jones. Map detail courtesy ofDesign by Neva Corbo-Hudak the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Other photos courtesy of Michael Freeman, Gina Perille, Walter Smith, and Peter Vanderwarker. City of Boston Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Boston Public Library Amy E. Ryan, President Board of Trustees Jeffrey B. Rudman, Chair Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, Vice Chair Zamawa Arenas Carol Fulp Paul A. La Camera Dennis Lehane Byron Rushing 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 10.2012