Preservation Planning at the Old North Church
Monday, October 24, 6:30 to 7:45 pm
South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, South Boston
Free & open to the public
Boston’s Old North Church, built in 1723, is still a functioning house of worship. Reverend Stephen Ayres, the Vicar of Old North, and executive director of the Old North Foundation, is planning with the congregation Old North’s first major restoration in more than a century. In this talk to the South Boston Historical Society, at the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, he will discuss the multiple challenges faced by his team of architects, engineers, and conservators as they prepare to restore America’s most famous church. His presentation will include lots of pictures from its recent archaelogical dig and historic paint analysis study. A virtual reality rendering of the church interior in a colonial color scheme will also be available courtesy of Google Cardboard.
Rev. Stephen T. Ayres has been vicar of Old North since 1997, and executive director of the Old North Foundation since 2011. He holds a B.A. from Hamilton College, a M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School, and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts. Rev. Ayres serves on the board of the Freedom Trail Foundation, and is a founding member of Revolution 250, a consortium of organizations commemorating Boston’s role in the beginning of the American Revolution.
All are invited to this free lecture and discussion at the South Boston Library. Members of the South Boston Historical Society will also elect officers and a board for the following year.