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Preservation award for Harvard Medical School project

Friday, 19 July 2013

Gordon Hall at Harvard Medical School - detailThe Boston Preservation Alliance has selected Harvard Medical School’s Gordon Hall Window Restoration to receive a 2013 Boston Preservation Achievement Award.

Gordon Hall is the iconic form that defines the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, which was designed by Shepley Bulfinch (then Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge) in 1904.  Restoration of the windows and the exterior of this landmark building gave Gordon Hall the elegance and clarity of its original architectural form, injecting a lasting historic presence into this vibrant modern hub of science, medical discovery, patient care, and education.

The restoration returned significant details of the building’s historic exterior while improving energy performance, improving occupant comfort, and elevating life safety.  This included strategies to reduce air infiltration and improve energy efficiency by restoring or replacing all of Gordon Hall’s 100 windows, six different types that ranged in scale from multi-story “Union Jack” windows, with their distinctive Roman pattern, to double-hung sash.

The annual awards celebrate people and projects that demonstrate a commitment to Boston’s historic character, including the preservation of the city’s architectural and cultural heritage.

The 2013 Boston Preservation Achievement Awards will be presented at a ceremony in October.

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