Photo: Joe Cornish at an earlier society’s event.
Former Belmont Historical Society president Joseph Cornish will speak on “Celebrating Historic Preservation in Belmont” at the society’s annual meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. The agenda includes:
- Election of Officers and Directors for 2018-2019
- Presentation of Historic House Plaques
- Presentation of the David R. Johnson Preservation Award
Cornish, an expert on architectural history and preservation, is a former Belmont resident and former president of the Belmont Historical Society who has written articles and lectured frequently on topics related to architectural history, maintaining historic buildings, and preservation easements.
He joined the Preservation Team of the City of Boston’s Environment Department as the Director of Design Review in May 2016. In this position he oversees proposed changes in three of the city’s nine historic districts and supervises staff responsible for the other districts. Prior to working for the city of Boston Joe worked for Historic New England from 1998 to 2016 where he managed the organization’s preservation easement program. He is also the past president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, a former co-chair of the Belmont Historic District Commission, and a past president of the Belmont Historical Society.
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