Join the Wharton Club of Boston and the Penn Club for a private outdoor reception, tour, and talk on historical preservation at the Old North Church.
The Old North Church, built in 1723, is Boston’s oldest standing church and one of the most famous churches in the United States. The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution.
Almost three decades later the Old North Church is preparing to celebrate its 300 th birthday in 2023 and the 250th anniversary of our nation in 2025-2026. A major effort to restore and preserve the church on the Old North historic site is underway. Join Old North Foundation Executive Director, Stephen Ayres for a tour of the church. Learn about the history of the church and recent revelations in a historic paint study conducted by Building Conservation Associates. The paint study findings have revealed a stark contrast to the white colonial revival palette from the church’s last major renovation in 1912. We hope you will join us for this behind the scenes look at preservation at work.
Here’s the plan:
- 6:00-7:00 pm Outdoor reception in the Washington Courtyard with Prosecco & light appetizers
- 7:00-8:00 pm Tour of the Old North Church and Historic Preservation discussion
- 8:00 pm Optional informal gatherings at nearby North End restaurants for dinner