#40: What's Happening - Please Vote for the Aquarium

We're asking for everyone to help us by voting for the Aquarium in this year's Partners in Preservation grant contest. You can vote EVERY SINGLE DAY until May 17th. Cast your vote on the Partners in Preservation website. You can also sign up to get reminders form the Aquarium to vote.

What is the contest?

American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has identified historic places throughout the Boston area that reflect the region's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and we're in the top 25! If the Aquarium gets the most votes we will get a $100,000 grant to restore the interior concrete to its original finish.

Why are we being recognized as a historic structure?

The Aquarium is considered to be the first modern aquarium. Its architecture and habitat-based exhibits influenced future aquariums. The centerpiece 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank was the first of its kind, and is considered a milestone in aquarium layout and design. Among other firsts was the tide pool touch tank, now an aquarium standard. The Aquarium was the first commission for Cambridge Seven Associates, which has since designed 11 aquariums worldwide. This significant and daring project helped stimulate redevelopment of Boston's run-down wharf district and was a catalyst for the revival of Boston's historic waterfront.

Here's a picture of the Giant Ocean Tank when it was first built:

You can vote once every day, so please get out there and show your support! The sharks, rays, sea turtles and fishes will all appreciate it :)




Facebook Comments


Post a Comment

Comments left in this section do not represent the views of the New England Aquarium. Due to the large volume of questions received, staff cannot respond to individual comments but will consider them when planning future blog posts.