Program Schedule - Tours
Last updated February 11, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time Events
8:00am - 7:00pm Art and Architecture of Western Massachusetts
Maximum number: 26
Cost: $100
The first stop on this bus tour of the Berkshire Mountains region's cultural institutions will be MassMOCA in North Adams. Exploiting the site's vast complex of 19th-century factory buildings, it is the largest center for visual and performing arts in the country. The visit will include a guided tour of the facility (designed by Bruner/Cott & Associates) and time to view the exhibitions. We'll proceed to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, where we'll have lunch, tour the galleries, see the new Stone Hill Center (designed by Tadao Ando), and visit the institute's outstanding research library. The final destination will be The Mount Estate and Gardens in Lenox , the home Edith Wharton designed and built in 1902 based on the principles set down in her 1897 work with Ogden Codman, Jr., The Decoration of Houses .
3:00pm - 6:00pm South End Galleries: Exploring Boston's Emerging Art District
Maximum number: 18
Cost: $25
Visit the South End, home to many of the newest art galleries in Boston. Our subway and walking tour will begin at the Boston Sculptors' Gallery . In addition to meeting with several artists and gallery owners, we will have refreshments at Ars Libri , known to ARLIS/NA members for many years as art book specialists. With many restaurants in the area you might want to stick around for dinner!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Time Events
8:00am - 12:00pm North End Market Tour
Maximum number: 18
Cost: $40
Food-oriented walking tour by a North End resident includes a brief history of the neighborhood, a description of the evolution of Italian American food, and historical insights into the North End community and Italian food culture.
8:00am - 4:00pm Salem Old and New: History, Culture and Commerce
Maximum number: 26
Cost: $100
Bus tour to visit the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, the longest continually operating museum in the United States, and boasting a lovely new addition by Moshe Safdie. The tour focuses on East-West connections including visits to Yin Yu Tang, a reconstructed Chinese house, and the Gardner-Pingree House, one of several historic houses connected to the Museum. After lunch at the Museum, we will visit the Salem Maritime Site , home of the Customs House Nathaniel Hawthorne worked in and Freeship, Salem's replica clipper ship.
9:00am - 12:00pm Mt Auburn: America's First Garden Cemetery
Maximum number: 26
Cost: $30
Bus trip to and walking tour of the oldest landscaped cemetery in the country , renown not only for its scenery and monuments but also as an arboretum and bird sanctuary. We will focus equally on the landscape and architecture as well as some of the more significant monuments.
1:00pm -5:30pm Gropius and "Lincoln Modern"
Maximum number: 18
Cost: $50
Bus trip to visit the perfect modernist icon, the house Walter Gropius built for himself in rural Lincoln in 1938. The local Friends of Modern Architecture group will also escort us through another mid-century modern house in Lincoln.
Beacon Hill: Magnificent & Modest
Maximum number: 18
Cost: $25
Our walking tour begins at the First Harrison Gray Otis house , designed by eminent Boston architect Charles Bulfinch and home to Historic New England, an organization devoted to the preservation of antiquities in the region. After visiting the house and archives, we will travel across Beacon Hill observing well-preserved examples of its Federal-style architecture. We will end the tour at the third Otis House, facing Boston Common, with its unique and recently renovated carriage house, for refreshments.
Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System
Maximum number: 26
Cost: $30
Explore Boston parks and greenways designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Bus tour will include a presentation at the Olmsted Historic Site in Brookline, currently under renovation and possibly a hardhat tour of work in progress. Afterward we will tour several parks along the “Emerald Necklace”, visit the Arnold Arboretum's Horticultural Archive and hear a presentation on Olmsted' vision for the arboretum. There will be time for a brief walking tour of arboretum (or bus to Peter's Hill, highest point in park system) and a visit to the Forest Hills Cemetery, if time allows.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Time Events
10:30am - 1:30pm CANCELLED: The Greenway & Beyond: Before and After the Big Dig
Maximum number: 18
Cost: $25
Explore the new Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on this walking tour offered by Boston By Foot. The Greenway is Boston's new mixed-use public space that once housed the elevated highway, since replaced by the Big Dig. Learn the history of the neighborhoods that once occupied this space and the present day urban planning that is knitting Boston back together.
10:30am - 5:00pm Providence: Art and Culture
This is a shared bus excursion with the Providence City Experience.
Maximum number: 32
Cost: $30
A bus trip to Providence hosted by the Rhode Island School of Design. Following a tour of the library and an orientation to the RISD campus, lunch will be on your own; Providence is known for excellent eateries and a list of nearby places will be provided. Afternoon options will include a self-guided architectural tour of historic Benefit Street, a visit to the John Brown House Museum, the RISD Museum of Art, and/or the Bell Art Gallery at Brown University. Refreshments will be provided for the return bus ride.