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Design firms build gingerbread houses for a cause

Old North Church created by (from left) Josephine Penta, Jeff Garriga, and Jim Alexander, from Finegold Alexander + Associates.
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Old North Church created by (from left) Josephine Penta, Jeff Garriga, and Jim Alexander, from Finegold Alexander + Associates.

Congrats to Finegold Alexander + Associates, which won first place in the BSA Space’s 3d annual Gingerbread Design Competition on Monday night. Eleven area architecture firms participated in the benefit for the nonprofit Community Design Resource Center of Boston, which is housed at the Boston Society of Architects and provides pro bono technical assistance to community groups and nonprofits. The competition raised about $7,000 for the cause, and the firms took it rather seriously.

“They’re all very competitive,” CDRC executive director Gretchen Schneider said, of the architects who constructed gingerbread versions of iconic buildings. “The Old North Church and the State House traded the lead up until an hour before the auction closed.” (The second-place gingerbread State House was designed by Connor Architecture in Lexington.) For the record, the firms were told that every material used for the gingerbread buildings had to be edible. That fence in front of the Old North Church was made out of spaghetti. “A nod to the neighborhood,” Schneider said.

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The State House created by Connor Architecture.
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The State House created by Connor Architecture.