Using Historic Preservation to Foster Community Development: Lessons and Issues from Historic Boston, Inc.’s New Focus on Boston’s Neighborhoods

February 28, 2012

Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets

Presentation by Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director, Historic Boston, Inc.
Commentary by
Matthew Kiefer, Chair of Historic Boston, Inc’s Board of Directors, partner, Goulston and Storrs, and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Alexander von Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
Historic Boston, Inc., which was founded in 1960 to rescue and preserve the Old Corner Bookstore in downtown Boston, recently moved to a historic firehouse in Dudley Square. Moreover, the organization increasingly has focused its resources on rehabilitating historic and culturally significant properties in neighborhoods outside of downtown Boston. Working in partnership with community groups in those areas, HBI not only tries to show that preserving historic properties is economically viable, it also is trying to use historic preservation as part of a larger and unique strategy to use historic preservation to catalyze neighborhood renewal.