6th annual Bulfinch winners


The New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art has announced this year’s winners of its Bulfinch Awards, which honor work in classical architecture, urbanism and allied arts. This year for the first time the chapter invited entries from all around the country so long as the work was done in New England.

There are eight laureates, including seven chosen by the jury of Christine Franck, Alvin Holm and Andrew Skurman, and one, our first award in the category of patronage, chosen by the board of trustees.

Here are the winners:



Patrick Ahearn Architect, Residential (Restoration, Renovation or Addition), for “Morse Street Compound”



Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, Residential (New Construction) Over 5,000 SF, for “A New Residence – West Tisbury”



Patrick Ahearn Architect, Residential (New Construction) Under 5,000 SF, for “Dream Home”



Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Commercial/Institutional, for “Nelson Fitness Center and Coleman Aquatics Center, Brown University”



Gregory Lombardi Design, Landscape Architecture, for “Country Gentleman’s Estate”



Hyde Park Mouldings, Craftsmanship/Artisanship, for “Ornamental Plaster, Edward M. Kennedy Institute”



Leslie-jon Vickory of Hamady Architects, Sketch, for “Ames Mansion – Watercolor Study”



Jonathan Nelson, Patronage, for convincing Brown University to change from a modernist to a classical design for its Fitness and Aquatics Center, noted above.


The winners will receive their cast bronze Bulfinch medals at a gala reception and dinner on the evening of Saturday, April 23, at the Harvard Club on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue following a keynote speech at 1 p.m. by Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, in Washington, D.C. For details, please visit the ICAA chapter website.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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7 Responses to 6th annual Bulfinch winners

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  4. David Andreozzi AIA says:

    In addition to congratulating the winners, I want to echo David’s accolades for the wonderful jurors; Christine Franck, Andrew Skurman, and Alvin Holm. A rock-star jury for sure!

    Also I think its worth mentioning that the field of entries doubled this year with some of the nations top design firms contributing. Only one winner was allowed per category and no honorable mentions. Our thought was that a project has ten years to win a Bulfinch and we didn’t want to give a project a 2nd place honorable mention and preclude it from the intimate honor that it might deserve. As Bulfinch Chair, I guarantee that there were another 5-7 projects in that current group that will be future Bulfinch winners!



  5. Don’t know, Steve. Most of the time the owners don’t like to give out the locations for obvious reasons.


  6. Stephen ORourke says:

    Is that first (beautiful) home in Edgartown?

    Sent from my iPad



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