2015 Directors Night



6:00pm Wednesday 25 March 2015

 Historic New England’s Otis House Museum Auditorium,

141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA



Masridge “Jonas Mulokas: Lithuanian Vernacular + American Modernism”

Milda Richardson, Northeastern University

Two examples of ecclesiastical architecture by Jonas Mulokas unite inherited folk culture and American modernism as illustrated in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and others.


GropiusAbele entries“Gropius Copying Gropius?: The Abele House and the spread of Suburban Modernism”

Amy D. Finstein, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

 Walter Gropius’ home in Lincoln, MA is well known as the embodiment of Bauhaus ideals in the late1930s.  Less familiar, however, is the kinship between Gropius’ house and a slightly later commission completed during Gropius’ brief partnership with Marcel Breuer, the Abele house.  This talk will compare and contrast these two houses and explore their relationship to the spread of Modernism in the Boston suburbs in the mid-twentieth century.


“A Tale of Two (Would-be) Historic Districts”

George Walter Born, Boston University

 This talk explores the first efforts to create historic districts in Boston after the founding of the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1975.  Residents from Ashmont Hill and the West Back Bay/Bay State Road petitioned the newly created Commission in the late 1970s for historic-district designation, but the outcomes were very different.  One provoked a counter-movement that successfully stopped the designation effort; the other moved smoothly through the process to be designated.  These case-studies in local historic-preservation activism showcase varying levels of acceptance for municipal action in this sphere, especially among different neighborhood groups.  Employing methodologies borrowed from urban sociologists and scholars of social movements, this investigation forms a part of a larger project examining the creation of historic districts in Boston from 1953 to 1983.


Croatia Image“Croatia at the Crossroads: A Report on the SAH 2014 Study Tour”

Jacob D. Albert, Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc.

 After glancing at a pre-tour stop in Zagreb, we’ll be following the course of the SAH tour, starting in Sarajevo in Bosnia; looking at several places along the Adriatic coast of Croatia which have, over the centuries, been part of the Roman, Venetian, and Austro-Hungarian empires; and ending in Venice, where we visited the architecture Biennale.  Medieval urbanism will be a focus of the exploration of the Croatian coast.

Summer Social: Picinic at Stonehurst


The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

cordially invites you to



at STONEHURST, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Noon to 2:00 p.m.


Join members and their families at Stonehurst, the country place of social reformer Robert Treat Paine and his family, and the masterpiece of integrated design that crowns the career-long collaboration of two visionaries, architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.  Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds of the estate. Tours of the mansion will be available for $3.00 per person.


Stonehurst is located off of Beaver Street in Waltham, between the rotary and Bentley College. Follow the driveway uphill to a parking area on the right.

FROM BOSTON: Take route 20W through Watertown Square on Main Street to Waltham. Turn right, heading north onto Lyman Street. Proceed straight through the rotary to Beaver Street heading northeast. Approximately 100 yards from the rotary, turn left at the sign for Stonehurst, and follow the driveway uphill to a parking area on the right.

FROM ROUTE 128: Heading North on 128, take Exit 27B, Wyman St./Winter St./Totten Pond Rd. Take a right onto Wyman Street, and then the first left onto Totten Pond Road. Follow Totten Pond Road to the end.

Heading South on 128, take Exit 27A Totten Pond Rd./ Wyman St. The exit brings you around and over a bridge directly onto Totten Pond Road. Head straight on Totten Pond Road.

Stay in the middle lane as you reach the end of Totten Pond Road and take a gentle right at the lights onto Lexington Street, past the stone church. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Beaver Street. Follow Beaver Street to the rotary. Take the second right off of the rotary to continue on Beaver Street. Immediately after leaving the rotary, you will see a large sign on the left for Stonehurst. Turn left onto Robert Treat Paine Drive and follow the drive up to the crest of the hill. The parking lot is to the right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Fitchburg line of the Commuter Rail runs from North Station in Boston to Central Square in Waltham, which is about one mile from Stonehurst. From Central Square in Waltham, take the MBTA 554 bus. (The 554 bus runs regularly between nearby commuter rail stations: Central Square in Waltham and Waverly Square. It also runs to downtown Boston.). Get off the 554 bus at the stop on the corner of Beaver and Forest Streets (just before the Bentley College stop). Walk west on Beaver Street a short distance to Robert Treat Paine Drive. Follow the drive uphill to the estate.