The New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians


The History of Art Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

invite you to a lecture and book signing by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani, authors of the new book

Cape Cod Modern.


Peter McMahon, designer and founder of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust

Christine Cipriani, writer on architecture and design

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Trustees Room, 11th Floor

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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Boston University Central Campus

Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00–11:30AM

Meet at the covered portal west of the Marsh Chapel.

Boston University’s central campus buildings by Josep Lluis Sert are an important piece of 20th century architectural history, because of the remarkable standard of urban design achieved by their particular arrangement.  Sert carried the same quality of thought through multiple scales to achieve great visual sophistication in the architectural development of individual buildings and their component parts.

Sert’s buildings, like others constructed during the same years after WWII, pose many problems today in terms of programmatic fit to the changing needs of higher education, markedly elevated energy costs, higher expectations for thermal comfort, more intensive time pressures within the academic day, and their lack of aesthetic appeal to the general population.

The NESAH tour will position the existing campus in the framework of Sert’s bold master plan, which was only half-constructed, then focus on his compositional ideas in both urban design and architecture.  The tour will also address the common obstacles to preservation and re-use of the concrete institutional structures of the postwar era.

About the tour leader:

Henry Moss, AIA, LEED Principal, Bruner/Cott Architects

Henry Moss began work at Bruner/Cott in 1986. Mr. Moss specializes in historic restoration and in planning and design for large-scale adaptive reuse. For over 25 years he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects, and he is a founder of DOCOMOMO/US New England. Prior to joining Bruner/Cott, he practiced in England for 18 years, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. Mr. Moss holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Harvard University.  Mr. Moss is a former director of NESAH and his firm has worked with Sert’s Boston University School of Law and Harvard’s Peabody Terrace Married Students Housing, Holyoke Center, and the Science Center.

The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Preservation Commission of Lawrence

are pleased to invite you to the following tour

Historic Mill District in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 9:30-3:30


9:30-10 AM
Gather at Visitors Center, Lawrence Heritage State Park, for coffee. Please google Lawrence Heritage State Park for driving directions and information regarding parking. We encourage carpooling. This event is free of charge.

10 AM
Carpool (about one mile) to the Great Stone Dam, 1845-1848, the engineering masterpiece designed by Charles Storrow and constructed under the supervision of Charles Bigelow for the American Woolen Company in order to harness the power at Bodwell’s Falls. Brochures will be available to participants. On the way back we see the Lower Pacific Complex, City Hall, Court House with a stop at the Strikers monument.

12-1:30 PM
Following a tour of the dam, participants will drive back to the Heritage Park. Please bring your lunch so that we can all eat together in the community room reserved for us. Our hosts will provide beverages.

1:30-3:30 PM
Walking tour of Canal Street to learn about the Pemberton and Everett Mills. With 33 mills the American Woolen Company was the largest worsted wool complex in New England and the site of the most influential textile mill labor strikes in American history. In 1912 22,000 strikers changed child labor laws, work practices and working conditions for all U.S.A. mill workers.

Please RSVP by April 1 to