ICAA New England Bulfinch Awards This Saturday

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ICAA New England Bulfinch Awards This Saturday

When the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA New England) first inaugurated an awards program in 2010 to honor excellence in the classical tradition in architecture and allied arts in New England they turned for inspiration to the man considered to be America’s first native-born architect, Boston’s Charles Bulfinch. The eighth annual awards, which include recognition in residential and institutional construction, interior design, craftsmanship and landscape architecture, will be presented this Saturday, April 28 at the Harvard Club of Boston

Noted for simplicity and balance, Bulfinch’s works include the Massachusetts State House in Boston (1798), which was home to the first five ICAA New England Bulfinch awards. In 2016, the gala moved to Harvard Hall, a circa 1912-1913 beaux arts style building designed by architects Parker, Thomas, and Rice, to reflect the inclusion in the awards program of work in New England by American firms outside of this region.

The prestigious awards are chosen by a trio of distinguished professionals. “As judges we choose individuals who are nationally relevant in classical arts, “ says David Andreozzi, ICAA New England president. This year’s jury consisted of Marc Appleton, Thomas Pheasant and Greg Tankersley, who worked together in online judging sessions to choose eight winners from over 50 applicants.

In addition to the evening awards ceremony, the celebratory weekend includes educational lectures, which promote the association’s mission of education and advocacy. “To make it an even more significant event we have added morning and keynote speakers,” says Andreozzi. “We aim to celebrate all classical arts and architecture, and to stress the relationship of sustainable architecture, built on classical principles, to local history and culture.”

This year, 7 Tide is a Gold Sponsor. The importance of event sponsors is appreciated by Andreozzi. “I can’t say enough to thank sponsors like 7 Tide,”  he says. “They are part of a wonderful fraternity of artisans in New England who are connected and supportive.”

Photographs from last year’s event by Elise Sinagra