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By David Brussat
Saturday, November 6, 2010
A large turnout at the Massachusetts State House celebrated the inaugural Bulfinch Awards on Wednesday evening in the imposing chamber at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. Upstairs is the fabled “Corner Office,” won again the day before by Governor Deval Patrick. A renewal of effort to bring more classical art and architecture to beautify New England was on the agenda at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.
The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America founded the Bulfinch Awards this year, and the first round of happy winners mingled with the crowd before the official program began. The hors d’ouevres, from Timothy S. Hopkins Catering of Essex, Mass., competed with the Bulfinch winners in the categories of beauty and taste. The event itself was sponsored with classical generosity by Tradewood Windows & Doors, of Ontario, Canada.
Display of Bereznicki Associates winning entry from the exhibit in Doric Hall. (Julia Cumes Photography). Below, Timothy S. Hopkins Catering (Julia Cumes Photography)
The festivities began with a short welcome by Sara Durkacs, director of membership, representing the national headquarters in lieu of President Paul Gunther, whose planned visit succumbed to a serious family illness. (We all wish his father godspeed.) Ms. Durkacs was followed by chapter President John Margolis, who introduced the audience to the ICA & CA, discoursed briefly on its purpose, announced the Nov. 13 tour of New Haven (organized by board member Michael Tyrrell) and urged the audience to visit the exhibit of Bulfinch winners in nearby Doric Hall after the presentation of the awards, which he said would follow the keynote to be delivered by board member David Brussat, whom he gracefully introduced. Mr. Brussat then gave his speech (which may be read in its entirety here). At its conclusion, Mr. Margolis returned to the lectern and introduced chapter President Emeritus Eric Inman Daum and chapter Vice President for Education Sheldon Kostelecky, and asked them to help him hand out the Bulfinch Awards.
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Sara Durkacs speaks at the ceremony on behalf of the national headquarters. (Photo above and next four below by Julia Cumes Photography.) All captions beneath photo they describe.
Chapter President John Margolis introduces speakers.
Chapter board member David Brussat delivers the keynote address.
Audience listens politely to keynote, while it awaits handing out of awards. In the front row from left to right are one half of prizewinner Ivan Bereznicki, chapter President Margolis, new chapter member Nathaniel Walker, chapter Vice President for Education Sheldon Kostelecky and chapter President Emeritus Eric Inman Daum.
The first award is handed out to Ivan Bereznicki by Messrs. Margolis, Kostelecky and Daum. Photos of all awards recipients, of the friendly celebrants and winners schmoozing before the ceremony by Julia Cumes Photography.
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The winning entries were displayed on a large screen at the foot of the Grand Staircase. After the audience luxuriated in the beauty of each set of images, the creators themselves were introduced, handed a plaque elegantly symbolizing a Bulfinch Medal (still in production), gripped and grinned for the customary photograph, and returned to their seats to enjoy and applaud in turn the work of their fellow winners.
The program concluded with a reminder to view, in Doric Hall, the boards of entries by the winners and some of their unlucky but not uninspired competitors for the award. All too soon, the event was dispersed by representatives of the Corner Office atop the Grand Staircase. Winners and their celebrants departed from the State House in the joyful knowledge that the Great Architect had reason to be pleased with the evening, and might be spinning less swiftly in his grave at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, across the Charles River in Cambridge.
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Below are shots of winners and celebrants enjoying themselves before the ceremony. Below these are shots of the Bulfinch winners accepting their prizes at the base of the Grand Staircase. (First photo below by Sally Wilson; next six by Julia Cumes Photography)
Mr. Kostelecky, Lee Reid, John Kelsey and board member Susan Close
Francine Joseph and Peter Polheumus; John and Sharon DaSilva
Brooks Wright, Jeffrey Heyne and board member Michael Tyrrell
Alina Duckham, Keith LeBlanc, Chris Regan, Kelly Monnahan and Tom Payne
John Haven, Anne Lucius, Liza Bouton, Andrew Arbaugh, Chris Shirazi and Thomas Race
Don Bartels, Paul Chebiniak, and Ryota and Yoshi Uchida
Michael Bard, Nancy Atwood, Elizabeth Dunne, Steven Elmetz, Dennis Hallissay and Jeffrey Heyne
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And the envelope, please!
Ivan Bereznicki, Ivan Bereznicki Assocs., for New Construction, Classical Under 5,000 s.f., with Messrs. Margolis, Kostelecky and Daum to hand out the prize. All eight photos of award recipients by Julia Cumes Photography.
Dell Mitchell, of Dell Mitchell Architects, for New Construction, Traditional
Peter Polhemus and John DaSilva, of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, for New Construction, Traditional; Residential Restoration, Renovation or Sympathetic Addition; and Commercial Architecture.
Philip C. Lowe, for Artisanship
Gerry Sullivan and William Buckingham, of S/L/A/M Collaborative, for New Civic, Institutional or Ecclesiastical Architecture.
John Haven and Keith LeBlanc, of Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, for Landscape Architecture.
Emily Pinney, of SLC Interiors, for Residential Interior Design, New Construction.
John Kelsey and Sally Wilson, of Wilson Kelsey Design, for Residential Interior Design, Renovation
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