CJP Real Estate, Construction and Design Networking Event

When: Wednesday, November 9 2016, 6:00 pm

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CJP, Jason Weissman, and Mike Samuels warmly invite you to enjoy an evening of networking while touring the historic Vilna Shul.

Built by Jewish immigrants in 1919, the building was destined for demolition in the mid 1980s when a determined group of volunteers stepped in.

We’ll hear from Brian Powell and Gianfranco Pocobene, two experts who helped to uncover and restore the beautiful artwork hidden beneath layers of paint on Vilna Shul’s walls.

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Dietary laws will be observed.

Sponsored by Boston Reality Advisors.

This is a private event open to members of CJP's RECD group only. For more information, please contact Ayla at aylaw@cjp.org or 617-457-8541.


Brian Powell is an architectural conservator who started working with the Vilna Shul in 1996. With more than 30 years of experience in building archaeology, hands-on conservation treatments, teaching, and lecturing, Mr. Powell has particular expertise in historic paints, including cross-sectional analysis, pigment identification, and fluorochrome staining. Mr. Powell's publications include "Painting Techniques: Surface Preparation and Application" in the book Paint in America, and "Historic Buildings and the Lead Paint Hazard," published by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Gianfranco Pocobene specializes in the treatment of easel paintings and murals and has been the John L. and Susan K. Gardner Chief Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum since 2004. His 30 years of experience working in the U.S. and Canada includes 15 years at the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard Art Museums. While there, he oversaw the restoration of significant mural cycles by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent, at the Boston Public Library. From 2004-05 he directed the restoration of the John La Farge murals in the central tower of Trinity Church in the City of Boston. Mr. Pocobene received his Master of Arts in Conservation from Queen’s University and also holds a Certificate of Advanced Training in Paintings Conservation from the Harvard Art Museums.

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