Here is a healthy selection of photos from the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art‘s recent Bulfinch Awards gala at the Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. The event was a rousing success because it was all about beauty – not just that of the guests and the sponsors but of the Bulfinch laureates and their work.
A party is a party is a party, of course, but a really fun party can serve as a springboard for the growth of an organization as the greater respect for and visibility of its purpose – in this case, the spread of classical architecture and art – cascades through society. Boston has classical wealth in abundance, but its architectural establishment pays it little mind and less respect. Maybe the gala weekend of the ICAA’s Bulfinch Awards program will help inject some regard for what classical architecture has done for Boston and the region. It may be stated with some confidence that strengthening the link between classical architecture and fun can only grow the family of the ICAA.
Read my survey of the gala weekend in the post “ICAA New England’s gala.”
Meanwhile, starting with the Harvard Club atop this post, here are some photographs of the event. All but one were taken with a loving feel for the lens by Tara Carvalho of South Shore Photography.
The gala began with cocktails, lubricating talk of classical architecture.
Then all were ushered into Harvard Hall for the inaugural gala dinner.
Good food creates good fellowship, and fellowship for classicism creates fun.
Before things got out of hand, Chapter President Kostelecky and Vice President Andreozzi (at lectern) were forced to start handing things out.
Hush and suspense … And the envelope, please.