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The Ames-Webster Mansion: History and Restoration of a Gilded Age Boston LandmarkRegister Now!

Friday, March 7; 9am-5pm & Saturday, March 8, 2014; 9am-6pm

On-site course including lectures, craftsman demonstrations, and drawing sessions

Join the ICAA for a two-day exploration of one of Boston’s most storied residences. Soon to undergo a large-scale renovation, the Ames-Webster mansion was designed in 1871 by the firm of Peabody and Stearns. The Ames’ fascination with European art and fine craftsmanship led to an expansion 10 years later that included the addition of ornate carving work, murals by Beaux-Arts painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant, and an intricate glass skylight by American artist John LaFarge.

ICAA Board of Directors member Kahlil Hamady presents a two-day course on the mansion’s history, relevance to the city of Boston, and impending restoration by his firm of Hamady Architects. The first day will include lectures by restoration experts and architectural historians and demonstrations by one of the city’s finest craftsman. Day two will be comprised of a series of instructor-led drawing sessions of the exterior, interior, and architectural details. By the end of the program, participants will have gained a practical perspective on the philosophical design approach required to address the challenges of preserving and restoring a significant historical property.


Kahlil Hamady – Owner, Hamady Architects
Leslie-jon Vickory – Designer and Project Coordinator, Hamady Architects LLC
Mark Jackson – Designer, Hamady Architects
Andrea Gilmore – Director, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
Gianfranco Poccobene – Head of Conservation, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Roberto Rosa – Conservator, Restorer, and Principal, Serpentino Stained Glass


Ames-Webster Mansion, 306 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
Access to the property is made possible by Hugh Geiger of First Boston Realty.


Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. $260 for the general public ($210 member price). Lunch provided, accommodations and travel not included.


15 HSW AIA/CES LUs available.