What: Boston By Foot Sunset Cruise Fundraising Event
When: Monday, Sept 24, 2012, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (2 hours). Arrive at dock at 5:15 pm.
Cost: $50 for adults, $40 for Boston By Foot docents.
Our friends at Boston By Foot -- a walking tour group that Nerd Fun has partnered with since 2008 -- wanted to let Nerd Fun members know about a fundraiser they are hosting. It's a two hour guided tour... on a boat! (No swim trunks or flippie-flops needed, and I highly doubt they will be flipping burgers, no matter what the Lonely Island song says).
Does anyone want to put it on the calendar and run it as an official Nerd Fun event? I checked with Veronika McDonald King, the Program Manager of Boston By Foot, and she said it would be okay.
With me, I really don't think I can make it, with the cruise starting at 5:30 pm on a Monday. It really sounds like a lot of fun! ...
From the Boston By Foot Site:
"Enjoy the sunset while cruising along Boston Harbor and the Charles River on this Boston By Foot fundraising event. Boston By Foot guides will provide the narrative of the city's architecture while it lights up on this evening tour".
Refreshments and cash bar available. $10 parking is available at 280-290 Congress Street after 5pm.
Meet the boat at Atlantic Wharf, at the "Cruise Boston" boat dock next to 290 Congress Street at 5:15 pm for 5:30 pm departure.
An introduction to the tour will be with Albert Anthony Tappé, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), of Tappé Associates, Inc.
You can purchase tickets by calling 617.367.2354 or by visiting the site: http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Boat_Cruise_Fundraiser
About Albert Anthony Tappé:
From the Heritage Registry's Who's Who:
"Architecture firm founded in 1979, that designs schools, libraries and buildings for municipalities nationwide and in other countries. Mr. Tappe founded the architectural practice on planning and design of public and institutional libraries. Under his direction the practice has completed more than 75 libraries and he has served as consultant to the Massachusetts Bureau of Library Extension. Mr. Tappe is an Instructor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and teaches Planning and Design of Public Libraries".
From an article in the Technology Review:
"After two stints in the army, [Tappé] worked as a city planner for Adams, Howard, and Greeley in Boston, then for the Boston City Planning Board, and later for the Architects Collaborative in Cambridge. In 1961, he founded the architecture firm of Huygens and Tappé. Two decades later, he founded Tappé Associates. In 1979, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, an honor bestowed on fewer than 3 percent of licensed U.S. architects. A past president of the Boston Society of Architects and a member of the Boston Architectural Center Board of Overseers, Tappé has lectured at Harvard and MIT".
Tappé Associates website: http://www.tappe.com/
Route for the Tour:
From Atlantic Wharf, we will be going into Boston Harbor to the Charles River, possibly to the Harvard Bridge and all the way back.
Guides for the Tour:
Albert Anthony Tappé will be giving a 10 minute introduction. The rest of the guided tour will be given by Boston By Foot guides.
The Boston By Foot guides giving the tour:
Lynn Smiledge , preservation planner, currently working at Menders, Torrey & Spencer. Formerly the City of Methuen's Historic Planner for three years.
Bob Dermody , professor of architecture at Roger Williams.
From the Roger Williams University site:
"Robert J. Dermody joined the faculty at Roger Williams University in 2004. His background bridges the realms of architecture and engineering. Mr. Dermody has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Structures from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
"Mr. Dermody teaches both design studios and technical courses at the undergraduate level. His primary interest is in teaching structures to architecture students. Courses taught include: Mechanics for Architects, Architectural Technology, and Construction Materials Assemblies. Studios taught include Core IV and V, as well as an advanced studio focusing on long span structures.
"Mr. Dermody also has keen interest in bridges. He has traveled extensively to photograph the bridges of Robert Maillart in Switzerland, and the early iron bridges of the industrial revolution in Wales. Bridges are wonderful structures to use as teaching tools in the classroom.
"He serves as the school of architecture's AIA Intern Development Program Educator Coordinator. He is also the faculty councilor to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, representing School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at the group’s annual meeting each year. He is also a founding member of the Building technology Educators Society, a new, growing organization for people passionate about teaching architectural technology.
"[...] Mr. Dermody is a registered architect in Massachusetts".