Boston Preservation Alliance Recognizes Huntington Theatre

The restoration and renovation of Boston’s Huntington Avenue Theatre is the recipient of a 2023 Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance!

Completed in 2022, the project successfully renovated, modernized, and expanded the venue by restoring the original 1925 theatre, upgrading the theatre’s technical capabilities, and improving the patron experience. Now fully accessible, even for the performers and crew, the venue has new seating that provides better comfort to all users. Original woodwork, lighting, and details were carefully preserved. A new paint scheme in the auditorium fulfills original design intentions while leaving the audience’s focus on the stage itself; the dome of the theatre was painted gold, highlighting it as a prominent feature and brilliantly contrasting against the Narragansett Green and Dark Pewter colors of the walls. The team restored 45 light fixtures original to the building, including the chandelier above the stage and the vintage star fixtures throughout the theatre and lobby, The ballroom space on the second floor, which had been boarded up and used as a black box theatre, is now the Michael Maso Studio and a functional rehearsal space. This transformational preservation project repositions the Huntington Theatre as an artistic leader along the Avenue of the Arts.

Boston Preservation Alliance Honors The Speedway

We are thrilled to share that the Boston Preservation Alliance has named the Charles River Speedway as one of six recipients of its 34th annual Preservation Achievement Awards!

This awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. Celebrated for their positive impact on the city’s built environment, winning projects are looked upon as models for future preservation work.

In partnership with AHF Boston, Bruner/Cott transformed a former mile-long harness and bicycle racetrack complex, built in 1899, into an exciting mixed-use destination for the community. You can read more about the Speedway project here.

“The Speedway is proof that any property, no matter how challenging, can be brought back to life with the right team. AHF went above and beyond to collaborate with the neighborhood, find partners and financial resources, and deliver a restored, vibrant resource to the community,”   – Alison Frazee, Executive Director.

The Boston Preservation Awards celebration will be held at The Speedway’s Garage B. For more information about the award winners and the event on October 20, 2022 – please visit bostonpreservation.org.