Adams Gallery Photo Exhibit Links Old & New in "Tremont Street: Common Street"


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BOSTON -- Tremont Street is in the midst of a renaissance, and its rebirth is showcased in an exhibit featuring award-winning architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker’s work, paired with historical photos of Boston’s grand avenue. The Adams Gallery at Suffolk University Law School will present “Tremont Street: Common Street; Peter Vanderwarker: Photographs” Aug. 15 through Nov. 1, 2003.

Common Street, as the main thoroughfare leading to Boston Common was known in colonial times, evolved into a center of commerce, entertainment, education and worship. The streetscape has changed over time, yet Tremont Street, as it is now known, remains a vital concourse. Vanderwarker captures its magic in his black-and-white photographs, which provide a fascinating basis of comparison to photos from bygone days.

“I am amazed by Tremont Street. It has changed constantly over the centuries, and it remains truly healthy,” said Vanderwarker. “It belongs to everyone in Boston, and everyone who visits. We need more places like this.”

The exhibit features an enormous panoramic view of present-day Tremont Street by Vanderwarker, who has long been intrigued with the changes that make cities endlessly fascinating places. His book, Boston, Then and Now, was published in 1980, and he collaborated with Robert Campbell, Pulitzer-prize-winning architectural critic for the Boston Globe, on the book, Cityscapes of Boston.

Suffolk University’s Adams Gallery, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, presents exhibits on historical themes. The gallery’s windows overlook Tremont Street and the Freedom Trail in the historic heart of Boston, making it a natural site for exhibits of original materials or reproductions of importance in the chronology of Boston and New England. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The university also presents lectures and discussions related to the exhibits.

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