Built-in the late 1840s, the Greek Revival-style building was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and home to Nathaniel Topliff Allen, a prominent 19th-century educator, abolitionist, and philanthropist.
But over the decades the property fell into significant disrepair.
Recognizing that Newton was sorely under-resourced when it came to arts and culture facilities, the Newton Cultural Alliance purchased what was more or less a fixer-upper in 2012.
?With a lot of help from a lot of people, the nonprofit underwent the arduous process of raising $8 million for its historically sensitive restoration.
Today the Allen House is home to multiple cultural organizations, with spaces for performances, rehearsals, meetings, an art gallery, and outdoor events. There’s also a catering kitchen, a small art gallery, and a historically preserved bowling alley.
But since the renovations (video here) were essentially completed just as the pandemic began, many folks have yet to see it.
Don't miss your chance on Feb. 8 as we celebrate the new year and this significant cultural achievement. (Our thanks to the Village Bank, which also played a big role in the project, for sponsoring our event.) Proceeds support the chamber’s advocacy and programming.
...and here's something we won't be hosting
Our Allen House event is just one of many events our chamber organizes designed to help connect our community of business and nonprofit professionals.
For example, our new LGBTQIA+ networking group will hold its first event tomorrow (Thurs.) at the Biltmore Bar & Grille in Newton. The next Young Professionals Group Happy Hour is at Baramor on Feb. 15. And soon we'll be announcing a Coffee Connect at the brand new West Suburban YMCA branch at Wells Ave.