November 2, 2005
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Library Archives and Special Collections will present an exhibit of the artwork of Maurice Childs, a 1954 graduate of Amherst and a leading architect and preservationist, until Dec. 31, in the Archives and Special Collections at the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. A reception will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Free and open to the public, the exhibit and reception are made possible by the Archives and Special Collections.
One of the founding partners of the architecture, interior and urban design firm Childs Bertman Tseckares in Boston, Childs was widely respected as an architect and lauded as a preservationist. Childs graduated from Amherst College in 1954 and after serving in the army earned his master's degree in architecture at MIT. Childs then worked as an architect in Denmark for a year before returning to work for Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Conn. Childs' projects included the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont, Tufts' Aidekman Arts Center and the Niketown building on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. He also designed many assisted-living centers in Boston and, with other members of his firm, several Harvard building renovations—including that of the Memorial Hall Tower. Childs chaired the Brookline Preservation Commission and served as a member of the Special Commission on Historic Preservation for the Commonwealth. In 1996 he was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Childs served as the principal architect of the renovation of the John Adams Courthouse in Pemberton Square, one of the largest public sector projects in Boston. The Courthouse houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Social Law Library. Childs died in March 2005 at the age of 72.
During Family Weekend, the exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Until December 31, the exhibition can also be viewed during regular hours at Archives and Special Collections, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.