Thanks everyone for coming out to the annual meeting. We have an amazing turnout! Here are a few pictures from the presentation.
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Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2014 |
We invite you to attend our 53rd Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, January 7th, for an exceptional evening at 160 Massachusetts Avenue. Plan to join friends and neighbors at Berklee College of Music’s newest building for a fun program, complete with music and a special building tour!
The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM on the 3rd floor of 160 Massachusetts Avenue, accessed through the main entrance. We will have a reception with food and music performed by Berklee’s City Music youth performers, followed by an upbeat program that includes a presentation by Berklee’s city music outreach program, introduces our newest City Councilor, and recaps our 2014.
The meeting will close with a tour of 160 Massachusetts Avenue, provided by Bill Whitney, V.P. of Real Estate at Berklee. This meeting is open to everyone – bring a friend!
All are invited to join the celebration in the Lighting of the Fenway Christmas Tree!
Tremendous thanks to the First Year Honors program at Curry College, Professor Peter Hainer, Bill Stanton, and the Boston Natural Areas Network/Trustees of Reservations for their day of service in the Back Bay Fens on September 27, 2014. More than 40 students worked in 4 project areas in an around the Back Bay Fens to rake, weed, prune, and clean the park as part of a project to engage in urban issues.
Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2014 |
After nomination by the Fenway Civic Association, the Johnson Memorial Gates were selected as a Most Endangered Resource for 2014 by Preservation Massachusetts.
For background and history of the Gates and FCA’s work in restoring them, see here.
The following text from Preservation Massachusetts describes the listing:
Johnson Memorial Gates in Boston’s Fenway area has been named one of Massachusetts’ “Most Endangered Historic Resources”. Since 1993, this list is compiled annually by Preservation Massachusetts, the state’s historic preservation advocacy organization.
In 1902, The Johnson Memorial Gates, designed by Guy Lowell, were dedicated to the City of Boston. The handsome public monument was a bequest of Ellen C. John, known for her advocacy for prison reform for women, to memorialize her husband, Jesse Johnson. The Johnson Memorial Gates monument is a three part structure comprised of two tall piers made of pink Tennessee Marble, which is no longer quarried, and Milford Pink Granite. “The Gates” display decorative bronze ornamentation, lions heads on each pier, two toughs originally designed for horses, and marble benches. “The Gates” are the grand entrance to the Back Bay Fens, which is a historically landmarked Olmstead park under the oversight of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The Back Bay Fens is the oldest of the linked parks in the Emerald Necklace Parks system.
Although under the protection and jurisdiction of the Historic Parks of the Parks Department, with approval by Boston Landmarks Commission and its care’s authorized and administered by the Boston Arts Commission, “The Gates” suffer from deferred maintenance. An ongoing, costly need for repair is often the case for public works of art. “The Gates” need substantial restoration to repair structural issues caused by water infiltration which is causing the monument to deteriorate. The time is now to secure funding to proactively stabilize monument. Without treatment, the conditions will continue to worsen and so will the cost of restoration.
The Fenway Civic Association, a wonderful example of a civic group taking a strong stewardship role in their neighborhood. They have endeavored for the past two years to secure “The Gates” by seeking and gaining support from abutting neighbors, institutions and business, likeminded non-profits like the Massachusetts Historical Society and Emerald Necklace Conservancy as well as the city entities which govern “The Gates”. Their work has included extensive conditions reviews and treatments recommendations report as well as conserving the bronze elements of the Johnson Memorial Gates. The Fenway Civic Association hopes to conduct direly needed repairs in next 8 months, but they need to secure avenues of funding in order to do so.
Marie Fukuda of the Fenway Civic Association, who nominated the Johnson Memorial Gates feels, “The visibility provided by the Most Endangered Listing will elicit much needed support for resources including grant funding and city capital funds.”
Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2014 |
Fenway Civic Association is pleased to partner with Curry College First Year Honors Program and Boston Natural Areas Network/The Trustees of Reservations to perform maintenance work in and around the Back Bay Fens on Saturday, September 27.
With sadness, Fenway Civic Association reports the death of our long time President and friend, Olive Swift, who passed away at her home in Sedalia, Missouri on July 14, 2014 at the age of 89.
Olive was a highly respected, vocal supporter of the Fenway neighborhood, and served as FCA president in the 1970’s during the early years of the association. A long-time resident of Clearway Street, she continued to advance the interests of the Fenway for many years on the often contentious FenPAC and Prudential project (PruPAC) committees and as a historical resource to the FCA board, before moving to Missouri in 2009 with her husband, Wesley.
In the words of Ed Burke, who co-chaired FCA with Olive in the late 1970’s, “When I first became involved with FCA, Olive Swift was the driving force and glue that held the organization together. Olive was small in stature but had the drive and the guts to take on anyone or thing that was impeding her Fenway. We had battles because of our different approaches to problems, but usually reached a conclusion that we could agree on. May she rest in peace.” Linda Brown, resident services coordinator for Morville House, recalls “Olive was my introduction to Fenway Civic Association when I came to Morville House. She cared so much about the Fenway community.”
A stickler for detail, Olive was known for keeping precise minutes — penned in shorthand — of the many meetings she attended for FCA, which she kept at the ready if any public official dared diverge from a previous commitment. With her sweet smile and dogged tenacity, Olive accomplished more than her size would ever suggest.
It was Olive’s allegiance to FCA and the importance it held for the Fenway neighborhood that compelled her to retain for years the historical records of Fenway Civic Association, dating back to its first meetings as the “Fenway Citizens’ Committee” in the former Hemenway Hotel in 1961. Happily, prior to Olive and Wesley’s departure from Boston in 2009, FCA board members retrieved the boxes of historical documents from her and arranged for their preservation, cataloging, and public access at Massachusetts Historical Society.
Olive is especially remembered for two of FCA’s signature events. The annual Flower Share with Northeastern University began in 1976, when she and then NU President Ryder devised the idea of NU offering flowers from its greenhouse for FCA members to beautify the Fenway and to also serve as an incentive for residents to join the neighborhood’s civic association. Another favorite, the annual Rose Garden Picnic, was begun by Olive and Ed Burke to highlight the poor condition and safety of the Back Bay Fens in the 1970’s and to begin bringing people back into the park.
For this writer, one of the most endearing memories is that of tiny Olive Swift in high heels, smiling up at her tall husband, Wesley, as they danced to the rhythmic swing of the seasoned “No-Name Band” at the Morville House Christmas Party. We are greatly indebted to Olive for her positive spirit, determination and accomplishments that have made the Fenway a more caring, livable neighborhood.
Fredericka Veikley, FCA Board Member