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Our Commonwealth - August 2009

Our Commonwealth - August 2009

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Our Commonwealth

Preservation Across Massachusetts
In This Issue
Corporate Sponsors Board of Directors/Staff Support Preservation Massachusetts! Get Connected with PM Greetings! Profiles in Preservation Drumming up Rural Industries in Massachusetts Most Endangered Updates Announcements Corporate Sponsors Platinum / $25,000 Winn Development Gold / $10,000 Boston Red Sox Benefactor / $5,000 Bank of America BayNorth Capital Consigli Construction Co., Inc. First Resource Development Holland + Knight Keith Construction Ltd. Mira Development Murtha Cullina LLP Wessling Architects Inc. Make your nomination to Profiles in Preservation today!

August 2009

As we approach mid-August and realize that summer is winding down, staff at PM has been working on a number of exciting projects all with a view toward this upcoming year. Our Most Endangered nominations, membership renewals and advocacy calls keep us busy across the state. We can hardly believe that PM will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2010! I'm especially excited about the new Profiles in Preservation program, which we believe is a great way to recognize and celebrate the achievements of so many individuals who have made a difference in the landscape of historic preservation across Massachusetts. It is our intention to recognize and honor these amazing individuals as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary at our Annual Dinner at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, May 5th 2010. It is our fondest hope that you will nominate an individual or individuals who you believe should be recognized for their good work. Read on and learn a little more. -Jim

Profiling Preservation in Massachusetts
2010 marks Preservation Massachusetts' 25th Anniversary as the statewide non-profit promoting the preservation of our Commonwealth. In celebrating this milestone event, we wish to acknowledge those individuals who have made a difference in the landscape of historic preservation in Massachusetts. PM wanted to find a way to share the stories, successes (and losses) that made the Massachusetts preservation community what it is today. Profiles in Preservation is a way to recognize the amazing achievements of so many individuals. From the founders of some of our state's strongest non-profits and local preservation advocates to pro-active legislators and developers adaptively re-using historic structures, their instrumental contributions have made Massachusetts' preservation what it is today. As PM envisions it, Profiles in Preservation will be a chronology of the preservation, told through the people who founded the non-profits, saved the homes, championed legislation, rehabbed the mills. From the often unsung local advocates to the innovative developers to legislators, each story and effort has advanced preservation from an idea to a broader ethic, bridging economics and sustainable building. Those individuals included in Profiles in Preservation will be honored at Preservation Massachusetts' 25th Anniversary Dinner on May 5, 2010 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. The Profiles will be selected through a nomination process. Nomination forms are available on PM's website, www.preservationmass.org or call 617-723-3383 for a hard copy or with questions. Deadline for submission is October 2, 2009.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Drumming up Rural Industries Preservation Patron / $2,000 - $2,500 DAIQ/D'Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects Epsilon Associates Finegold Alexander + Associates Forest City Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. Nixon Peabody LLP The Architectural Team As I ride the circuit through central and western Massachusetts, it's always fun to discover sites that embody a family tradition of preservation, whether it's an 18th-century family farm or a business handed down for generations. The Noble & Cooley Drum Company (http://www.noblecooley.com) in Granville is a perfect example. This family-owned and managed industrial plant has operated in the same historic buildings for more than 100 years. Noble & Cooley's owners have a long legacy of preserving buildings, equipment, documents, artifacts, images, industrial processes, and the stories that surround them. The current generation has become stewards, not only of their family business, but also of their community's industrial heritage.

Board of Directors

Claudia S. Wu - Chair Jack Hodgkins -Vice Chair Douglas Kelleher - Clerk Philip A. Madonia- Treasurer In the small rural town of Granville, Noble & Cooley Co. has made drums for more than 150 years. Established in 1854 by Silas Noble and James P. Cooley, the firm grew from a cottage industry to a major manufacturer within less than two decades. By 1873, the company produced 100,000 drums a year, from toys to military instruments. Noble & Cooley became such an important business in Granville that its factory is on the town seal. Jonathan ("Jay") Jones, the company's current president and the great-great-great grandson of James P Cooley, is the sixth generation of Cooley descendants to operate the factory. Jay jokes that he spent much of his after-school time "being a general nuisance around the factory." In 1973, Jay began working at the factory full-time, and has been there ever since. When Jay married, his wife Carol also became involved in the business. Their son Nick will be the seventh generation involved in the family business.

James G. Alexander, FAIA Pamela Bailey Daniel R. Benoit Thomas F. Birmingham Jean Carroon, FAIA Kara Cicchetti Stuart Gregerman Frank T. Keefe Daniel Kolodner Todd McCabe James McDermott Michael H. Rosenberg Yanni Tsipis Rita Walsh Fran Weld Staff James W. Igoe President

At the company's peak of operation in the 1970s, the factory ran two shifts, with sixty workers on the day shift and thirty to forty on the night shift. In 1984, Noble & Cooley added the manufacture of high-end performance snare drums and drum sets to its production line. It turned out to be a wise decision. In 2002, when pressure from cheap imports pushed Noble & Cooley out of the toy drum market, the company shifted entirely to custom-manufacturing high-end professional instruments. Striving to create a 100% American-made product, Jay uses locally harvested oak, cherry, and maple, with each wood giving a different resonance to the instrument. Precision woodworking and metalworking and quality craftsmanship have made Noble & Cooley drums the choice of performers like Phil Collins and drummers for Paul McCartney, John Mellancamp, Green Day, and the Woody Herman Band.

Erin D. A. Kelly Assistant Director The family has managed to keep the business flexible enough to change with the times without losing sight of its history. "The historical aspect [of the business] has always been key," according to Jay's sister Liz. Jay and Liz's grandmother and mother became company and family historians, giving presentations on Noble & Cooley's history to a wide range of audiences and welcoming groups to the plant for tours. The family has preserved James Cooley's 19th-century diaries, historic business records, and a collection of company products and equipment, including an innovative eight-color printing machine and an 1870s steam-bending machine (still used in the business today) for curving the wood for drum shells from 6" to 20" in diameter. Much of the 19th and 20th-century drum-making equipment is still operational, and is used for demonstrations at

Anulfo G. Baez Office Manager

Elsa Fitzgerald Special Projects Manager

Interns Patrick Condon John Harrison Courtney Whelan Circuit Riders In Parnership with

Noble & Cooley's 4th of July and Harvest Fair festivities. Jay can whip through the fifteen steps of creating a toy drum in an amazing five minutes.

the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Michele P. Barker Dorr Fox Steve Moga

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New England's visitors-and even some residents-often don't realize how many industries like Noble & Cooley once thrived in small rural towns. Liz , Jay, and Carol recognize that Noble & Cooley is just one part of the larger story of New England's sometimes forgotten rural manufacturers. Wanting to create a formal organization to commemorate the rural industries of Granville and surrounding towns, in 2007 the family founded the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation (NCCHP http://www.ncchp.org/) with the help of a dedicated board of directors. At this time, one floor of the factory has become a museum exhibiting Noble & Cooley products, equipment, images, and documents. Artifacts from other area rural industries will eventually be added to the NCCHP's collections and exhibits. Special events, like the July 4th and Harvest Fair demonstrations and an ice harvest on the millpond, bring the past to life for visitors. But the NCCHP is still in its infancy; it's a constant challenge to maintain a successful business while trying to get a new nonprofit off the ground. Both the manufacturing operation and the NCCHP currently occupy only one of the complex's three main buildings. The two vacant buildings need utility services and weatherization before they can be functional again. If the buildings are rehabilitated, Jay and Carol hope to attract cottage industries and craftspeople to the site, making it a center to foster rural industries of the future as well as preserving the history of rural industries of the past. Michele Barker is the Circuit Rider Western Massachusetts. The Circuit Rider Program is in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Where Are They Now?
Most Endangered Updates!
In Worcester County, two of our past Most Endangered Resources are in the spotlight again. Both are in need of preservation-minded developers. Anyone who is interested in the properties should contact Central/Western Mass. Circuit Rider Michele Barker (671999-3256, mpbarker@preservationmass.org) for more information. Abijah Clark House, Hubbardston - Listed in 2001 This circa 1814 Federal-style house on the Hubbardston town common has changed very little since the 19th century. That's a mixed blessing. The house has retained most of its original interior and exterior features, but modern utilities were never installed. The building unfortunately shares a site with the Wheeler Brothers Store, creating problems for parking and septic system installation. Things looked hopeful when new owners acquired the Clark House and Wheeler store just after the initial MER listing. The buyers made wonderful progress rehabilitating the store and its second-floor living areas, but were not able to begin work on the Clark House. Unfortunately, the owners are reluctantly having to sell the Wheeler Store property that both buildings are on, and are very concerned that the Clark house will be demolished and lost forever. The Clark House once more seeks an adventurous owner willing to rehabilitate it. Relocation to another site might be necessary.

Our Fiscal year ends September 30, 2009! Join or renew your membership today! www.preservationmass.org

****************** Upcoming Preservation Masschusetts' Events
Join us on Wednesday October 28, 2009 for the Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources Fall Event at Nixon Peabody LLP!
More details to follow in the coming months

Nichewaug Inn, Petersham - Listed in 2003 The Nichewaug Inn is Mark your calendars and situated in the Petersham join us on May 5th, 2010 for Common National Register the 23rd Annual and Local Historic District, at the center of a quaint, picture-perfect, New England town. The inn was built in 1899 by Edmund Awards Dinner at the Willson (of Stone, Carpenter & Willson and formerly of McKim, Meade & White). It's a turn-of-theFairmont Copley Plaza century, Shingle Style inn, which was converted into a girls school in the 1950s. The building is Hotel! vacant and the town currently owns it. A task force is currently determining the future of the More details to follow in the coming building, and will gladly provide hard facts about the structure and facilities. The task force prefers


working with assisted-living developers who are interested in historic tax credits. However, all options are open, including applying for public grants, when working with developers.

Historic Barns in Southeastern Massachusetts Workshop Barns are a treasured part of the rural Massachusetts landscape but are too quickly becoming an endangered species. Hear about the styles of barns in Southeastern Massachusetts, tips on stabilizing barns until full preservation can begin, and how the Community Preservation Act supports historic preservation in other Massachusetts towns. Speakers include master timberframer Ian Ellison and other Massachusetts historic preservation specialists. Submit pictures of local barns with specific questions to Kelley Whitmore, kwhitmore@ttor.org. Please know we may not be able to cover all submissions. Pre-registration via email to Kelley is requested but not required. FREE

Fall 2009 Lecture Series on the History of the Woburn Public Library
September 17, 7:00PM Michael LeBlanc, AIA Principal, Utile, Inc., Architecture + Planning Appending to the Past - The Dilemma of Adding to Significant Historical Buildings October 17, 7:00PM

Monday, November 16 - 6:30PM at Bristol County Agricultural High School Library, 135 Center St., Dighton Preservation Worcester: Better Than Your Average Yard Sale - 9am, -10am Preview SALE ($10) - 10am - 1pm SALE to the General Public (Free). Join Preservation Worcester at their sale of 18th, 19th and early 20th century restoration and home improvement architectural salvage, antiques, reproductions and decorative accessories. You will find a unique assortment of unusual items and will be supporting local historic preservation.

Preservation Massachusetts: Submit your own This Place Matters photo! In an effort to further strengthen this initiative by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we are asking our readers Timothy Orwig, Lecturer, American to submit photos of the places that matter to them the most in the Commonwealth of Studies, Boston University Massachusetts. To download a sign please visit our website and send your photos to abaez@preservationmass.org. Scrape it, Tart it up, or Wrap it in the Flag? Early Debates about Historic Preservation in Massachusetts November 5, 7:00PM Chris Milford, AIA Milford and Ford Associates What to Preserve? Understanding Strategies for an Addition to the Library

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