Traditional Building Conference

Previous Events: Boston 2008

Highlights

Contractors, tradespeople, craftsmen, building artisans, architects, designers and old-house owners showed up in greater numbers at this year's exhibition and conference which presented traditional building craft, construction-technique demonstrations and a variety of period-styled building materials.

How-to education on the exhibit floor, including The Painter and the Plasterer and Window Repair: A Green Alternative, created a great buzz for the spring Traditional Building Show. 

Other popular features were the keynote speakers. Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Joseph Riley presented success stories on his city’s downtown historic revitalization program; Mark Schara, AIA, National Park Service, gave a history of the Historic American Buildings Survey (the U.S. government’s oldest preservation program); and Frank Shirley, AIA, discussed New Rooms for Old Houses with breathtaking slides and examples. 

On Wednesday March 12, at the historic Hampshire House, official show magazines Clem Labine's Traditional Building and Clem Labine's Period Homes celebrated Andrea Palladio’s five hundred year anniversary with the seventh-annual Palladio Awards Dinner. Awards were given to ten architectural firms for excellence in traditional building design, both residential and non-residential projects. It was fitting that two firms, Pier Carlo Bontempi and Andrea Pacciani Architects, came all the way from Italy to receive their awards. Italian Consul General Liborio Stellino gave concluding remarks on the enduring influence of Italian art and architecture. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth McNicholas, Matthew McNicholas, and Mark Allen Garzon of MMG Studio, Chicago, IL, for winning the 2008 Traditional Building Design Challenge.  This year's design assignment, sponsored by Woodstone Windows and Doors, American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical Design (ICA&CA) and New Old House Magazine, was to design and hand-draw a project in Boston's historic South End. The project consisted of three individual townhomes that could easily fit into the area around Blackstone Park. Click to view winning designs. 

Also included were exciting architectural tours of Trinity Church and the Charlestown Navy Yard, both sold-out tours. “Whether you are from Boston, or from a foreign land, there is bound to be something interesting, informative, inspirational and entertaining at the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference,” exclaims Judy Hayward, Conference Director. "That’s why we will be back in Boston next year.”

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