Walking Tour of Ipswich, MA


Sunday, September 17, 2017. Meet outside of Zumi’s Espresso, 40 Market Street, Ipswich. Free of charge; RSVP to nesah.president@gmail.com

Ipswich, Massachusetts, was founded in 1634 and has the largest collection of First Period houses in the United States. This 90-minute walking tour of the Ipswich Architectural Preservation District visits four historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Our tour will visit the South Green, the East End, and High Street before returning through Meeting House Green, the Puritan town center. We will pass by three of the four stone arch bridges that cross the Ipswich River, including the 1764 Choate Bridge, the oldest double-arch stone bridge in America.


New England Chapter/Society of Architectural Historians


Newton Highlands, MA

Saturday, April 16 at 2PM

Meet at the corner of Forest Street and Chester Street, Newton Highlands, MA

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Please join us on Saturday, April 16th for a tour led by architectural designer Laura Fitzmaurice of houses designed by Annie M. Cobb (1830-1911). Cobb was a real estate speculator who made the crucial transition from building homes from carpenter books to designing houses herself and thus becoming, it can be argued, America’s first woman architect of the pre-professional period. After learning the building trade in South Boston in the 1850’s, Cobb began purchasing land in the emerging railroad suburb of Newton Highlands in 1872 where she eventually constructed 16 houses and 2 additions. In 1893, at the height of her career, Annie Cobb was only one of five women architects to exhibit in the Woman’s Building at the Chicago’s World’s Fair.  This tour will focus primarily on her larger houses which encompass the Stick, Queen Anne and the Shingle styles. 

All Saints Church Post-Restoration Tour

all saints tourALL SAINTS CHURCH

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester, MA

Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:30 AM – Noon
Meet at the church parking lot.

All Saints Church, designed by Ralph Adams Cram, was constructed between 1892 and 1929 and is considered to be Cram’s first major architectural commission. Recognized by architectural and ecclesiastical communities for its innovative and inspirational design, All Saints established Cram’s reputation as a major architect and influenced the design of Anglican church architecture in the United States for the next fifty years.  Over the subsequent years, Cram’s career as an architect has been praised and the significance of All Saints has increasingly been recognized as one of the most country’s significant religious buildings.  This tour will examine the recent extensive restoration and conservation work recently completed by the Parish of All Saints to preserve this important landmark.