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Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Award 3-26-2008
 Contact: Shelby Graham, 617-367-2458 March 26, 2008


Boston Preservation Alliance names Dorchester?s Elder James Blake House as a 2008 Preservation Achievement Award Winner

The Boston Preservation Alliance has named the Dorchester Historical Society?s Blake House as a 2008 Preservation Achievement Award winner. The Awards, which are bestowed annually, honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. The Blake House is being honored in the category of Efforts in Preservation Innovation.

Built in 1661, the Blake House is a rare example of a post-Medieval timber-frame house. It is thought to be one of only a few examples of ?West of England Country? framing in the United States. The Blake House is of high historical significance to the neighborhood and the city of Boston as a Boston Landmark and the second oldest surviving house in Massachusetts. In 2005, the Dorchester Historical Society, owners of the Blake House, undertook the major effort to rehabilitate the building. The Society decided to return the first period building not to a conjecture of what it possibly looked like in 1661, but to the appearance of the building following the Society?s 1890s ?Arts and Crafts? style restoration of the Blake House. The Dorchester Historical Society took advantage of the vast amount of documentation and photographic evidence of these early efforts in historic preservation to create an accurate representation of the building at the turn of the century.

?The Alliance is very excited about the rehabilitation of the Blake House. The philosophy of taking the building back to the era of its 1890s Arts and Crafts restoration was an extremely thoughtful approach and highlights an important moment in the history of the preservation movement,? said Sarah D. Kelly, Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance.

The Boston Preservation Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides leadership, education, and advocacy to preserve Boston?s built heritage. The Alliance believes that Boston?s distinct architectural heritage is a national treasure, contributing to the quality of life of residents and visitors and to the economic health and vitality of the city. The Awards call attention to property owners and developers of exceptional preservation-related projects and celebrate their positive impact on Boston?s built environment.

Awards will be presented at the Alliance?s 2008 Auction and Awards event on Thursday, May 1 at 179 Lincoln Street on the Greenway in Boston?s Leather District. Tickets cost $75. For more information on the event, please visit or to reserve tickets, please contact Shelby Graham at or 617-367-2458 x 10.

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Created: April 25, 2009   Modified: April 25, 2009