Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

A Bit of BHCA History

The shelves at the Beacon Hill Civic Association at 74 Joy Street are full of ledgers and meeting notes dating back to the founding of the organization in 1922.

The first meeting of what was then called the Beacon Hill Association took place on December 5, 1922, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at 3 Joy Street. The By-Laws at that time show Annual Dues of “two dollars payable at the close of the annual meeting”!

These are the notes from that first meeting in 1922.

The meeting was called to order by the Vice President, Miss Grace W. Minns. The Secretary, Miss Marion C. Nichols, described the circumstances which led to the formation of the Association and outlined its purpose and plans.

Mr. William C. Codman spoke of the proposed Beacon Hill Club Trust and showed plans of the Club House which was to be located at the corner of Mount Vernon and West Cedar Streets.

Mr. Arthur C. Comey, Zoning Director for the Boston City Planning Board, spoke on “The Zoning Situation in Boston”.

Discussion followed.

The meeting was well attended with about seventy members and guests present. Copies of the By-Laws and membership slips were distributed.


By the next meeting on February 2nd, 1923, the membership had grown to 85.

Today, almost 96 years later, the BHCA is an ever-growing group of neighbors whose support, time and energy continue with the purpose established in 1922 – to preserve Beacon Hill as the special place we all want to call home. Our ongoing efforts in community building, civic engagement, and historic preservation continue to connect and support Beacon Hill residents and those who care for this unique neighborhood.


First Friday Coffee Hour, September 7

Come share a coffee with your neighbors at our first coffee hour of the season. We will be meeting at Panificio from 8-9 am. Drop by for good conversation and discussion about what the BHCA can do for you and how you can get involved. Frist Friday Coffee Hours will take place every first Friday of the month. Watch out for our e-newsletter for more information.

Come join us!

Beacon Hill Civic Association committees and special events bring together volunteers and neighbors, working together to assure a good quality of life on the Hill. All residents are welcome to become members and participate.


Upcoming BHCA Events

First Friday Coffee Hour – September 7 (at Panificio)

Young Friends Social – September 19

Fall HillFest – September 23

Evening at 74 – November 8

47th Annual Beacon Hill Gala – February 9

Visit the Beacon Hill Civic Association website or call the office (617-227-1922) for more information on any of these events or to become a member.

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