As the founder of Boston By Foot, Boston's premier architectural walking tour organization, Polly Flansburgh has made a significant and lasting contribution to the cultural life of Boston. After earning her Bachelors of the Arts degree from Cornell University, Polly traveled to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. She later earned her Masters Degree in English Literature from Northeastern University.
Inspired by the spirit of America's bicentennial in 1976, and her husband, architect Earl Flansburgh, Polly created Boston By Foot, a nonprofit organization that would celebrate and connect the the general public with Boston's rich architectural heritage. For nearly four decades, Boston By Foot's volunteer walking tour guides have led local residents and visitors from around the world through Boston's rich urban landscape.
Polly is an honorary member of the Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America.
In May 2014, Polly was awarded an honorary Doctor of Community Engagement from the BAC.