Victorian Society Award for Lynn Restoration

The Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Lynn, Massachusetts, has received a 2015 Preservation Award from the Victorian Society in America/New England Chapter. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a contribution to the understanding and preservation of Victorian culture and artifacts.

The Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Lynn – No. 8 Broad Street – was purchased by Longyear Museum in 2006 and has been completely restored over the past seven years to more closely resemble the home Mrs. Eddy would have known when she lived there from 1875 to 1882. The Italianate house represents one of the most popular architectural styles of the Victorian period. The award program included an illustrated presentation by preservation architect Gary Wolf with highlights of the restoration project.

Not only did Longyear receive one of the Victorian Society’s three preservation awards this year, but it also served as host for the June 30 ceremony which was held at the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Chestnut Hill. Prior to the program many members of the Society took the opportunity to tour Mrs. Eddy’s last home.

Other recipients at the forty-second annual award ceremony were Thomas and Nancy High, recognized for their website, which provides genealogies of houses in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, and Ellen J. Lipsey, who received the lifetime achievement award for her more than 40-year career in the field of historic preservation.

2015 award recipients. From left: Gary Wolf, Longyear Executive Director Sandra Houston, Thomas and Nancy High, and Ellen J. Lipsey.

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