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PRESERVATION Mass Old City Hall 45 School Street Boston, MA 02108
BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO. 52216
Mark Your Calendar!
2003 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference Boston Preservation Alliance
Thursday, May 8th, 2003 Preservation Auction Location to be announced For more information visit the BPA website: www.bostonpreservation.org “Linking Arts, Culture and Preservation” Friday, September 5, 2003 Boston, Massachusetts For more info call the Massachusetts Historical Commission at 617-727-8470 Sunday, April 6, 2003, 2:00 PM 380th Anniversary of the Killings at Wessagussett - Memorial Ceremony. Wessagussett Memorial Garden between 208 and 230 Sea Street, North Weymouth (off Rte. 3A). For information contact: Jodi PurdyQuinlan, Exec. Dir., Fore River Watershed Association, 781-331-2700 email@example.com www.foreriver.org
Department of Environmental Management & PRESERVATION Mass
Saturday, April 5, 2003 Heritage Landscape Inventory Workshop Location to be announced
Leadership Training Seminar
Saturday, September 6, 2003 For more info call PRESERVATION Mass at 617-723-3383 or visit our website: www.preservationmass.org
Historical Records Forum
“Celebrating History: Anniversaries to Educate, Promote and Preserve History” Friday, May 9, 2003 at Merrimack College in North Andover Organized by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board and the Essex National Heritage Commission. Contact: Bill Milhomme 617-727-2816 X257. firstname.lastname@example.org
5:30 PM, Thursday, May 1, 2003 Annual Preservation Awards Dinner Copley Plaza Hotel For more info call PRESERVATION Mass at 617-723-3383 or visit our website: www.preservationmass.org
Lowell Historic Board
May 9-10, 2003 Second Annual Doors Open Lowell For more information, visit www.doorsopenlowell.org
Weymouth Historical Commission, The Order for the Preservation of Indian Culture and the Fore River Watershed Association
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Vol. 17, NO. 3
The Massachusetts Preservation Coalition Files the “Massachusetts Real Estate Investment Act of 2002” with the State Legislature
n 2002, PRESERVATION Mass created the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition, a coalition of national, state and local organizations that meet regularly to strengthen preservation advocacy, organizational strategies. Since its inception, the Coali-
tion has been working hard to develop, file and lobby for a state tax credit for the rehabilitation of older commercial and residential structures. In December 2002, after composing a final draft, the Coalition filed the act with the State Legislature on Beacon Hill. Representative Vincent Pedone of Worcester, Representative Sal Dimasi of Boston, Senator Jarret Barrios of Cambridge, Representative Jim Marzilli of Arlington, Senator Mark Montigny of New Bedford and Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield were the continued on page 8
In this Issue…
From the Chair of the Board ............ 2 Grant awarded to Springfield Preservation Trust ............................ 4 Mass Real Estate Investment Act filed in 2002 (continued).......................... 8 Upcoming Events ..............Back Cover
A.E. Coffin Press building, New Bedford, a potential state tax credit project. Built in 1911, A.E. Coffin was the oldest printing company in New Bedford, specializing in business ads, calendars and bookbinding. Part of the Central New Bedford National Register District, the Coffin building has been vacant since 1989.
From the Chair of the Board
We’re just two months into 2003, but PRESERVATION Mass is already working hard planning and implementing new ways to promote and advocate for historic preservation across all 351 communities in the Commonwealth! Over the past 12 months, we’ve changed our name and logo, completed our Strategic Plan and brought new energy and interest to our Board, Staff, members, partners and friends. In 2003, we hope to further cultivate this energy through numerous exciting and important activities: PRESERVATION Mass joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) Ad Council public service announcement campaign, designed to raise the profile and urgency of historic preservation issues through intriguing, amusing and informative television, radio and print advertisements. One of the first goals accomplished in 2003 was launching our new website: www.preservationmass.org. While it’s a work in progress, we’re pleased to have a fresh, up-to-date website that we’ll be building and expanding throughout the year. Please visit the site often—we welcome your ideas and comments on how we can continue to improve it! In January, the Preservation Coalition of Massachusetts, a network of local, statewide, private and public preservation organizations from across the Commonwealth established by PRESERVATION Mass in 2002, had the opportunity to meet with Richard Moe, President of the NTHP The . Coalition took part in an informative and important dialogue with Mr. Moe, during which they discussed issues such as the future of Federal funding for local organizations. In February, PRESERVATION Mass was a key player in the organization of the Preservation Coalition’s Legislative Breakfast Buffet to promote the recently filed Massachusetts Real Estate Investment Act of 2002. (See Jim Igoe’s cover article for more information about the Act.) Our Annual Preservation Awards Dinner will be held May 1, 2003 at the historic Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Always an enjoyable event, we hope to make this year’s Dinner our most successful to date! We hope you will be able to join us for an unforgettable evening. Our Historic District/Historical Commission (HD/HC) Committee is diligently working on strategies for reaching out to local HD/HC’s through educational programs. Look for information about the upcoming HD/HC Conference in September in upcoming newsletters! Riding on the success of the 2002 Fall Preservation Celebration, we’re looking forward to making it an annual November event. The 2003 Celebration will be particularly momentous, as it will not only promote the 2003 Ten Most Endangered Historic Resources list, but it will also commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Ten Most Endangered program in Massachusetts. We continue to be grateful for your financial support—it is essential. But please remember that our momentum gets more and more exciting as members like you take an active part. For one thing, we need your ideas to help build this organization. Secondly, we encourage you to actively join us in one or more of the following areas: Public Outreach School Programs Ten Most Endangered Resources (identifying and documenting) Marketing and Fundraising events Government relations It’s always a pleasure talking with our members, so please fell free to call us. My own number is 617-262-4355. Sincerely, Maury Childs
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2003
Maurice Childs, FAIA, Chair of the Board James G. Alexander, FAIA Vice Chair Samuel B. Knight, Jr., Treasurer Claudia Sauermann Wu, Clerk
Board of Directors
Robert Bernstein Carol Bratley Jean Carroon, AIA Anthony Consigli Katherine D. Flynn Coughlin Paul A. Faraca Allen F. Johnson Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Richard Lundgren Paul J. McGinley, AICP Otile McManus Louis Miller Marion Pressley, FASLA Clarissa Rowe
Community Preservation Advisors 2003
Katherine F. Abbott Eleanor G. Ames Peter Aucella Ann Beha, FAIA Arthur and Jean Bennett Shary Page Berg Charles Beveridge Richard Candee Marcia M. Cini, Esq. Rolf Diamant Grace Friary Ruth Geoffroy John F. Furlong, FASLA Martha D. Hamilton Gary R. Hilderbrand, ASLA Robin Karson David R. Keller David Leach Patrick A. T. Lee Arleyn Levee Barbara Levy Ellen J. Lipsey Wendy Nicholas Julia B. O’Brien Bruce Polishook Christine Rinaldo Michael Roberts Gretchen G. Schuler S. Christopher Scott Stanley M. Smith Antone G. Souza, Jr. Jane Stirgwolt Charles M. Sullivan Wesley T. Ward Patricia L. Weslowski Tobias Yarmolinksy Sally Zimmerman
Jim Igoe, Executive Director Sarah DiSano, Program Coordinator Kate Ranweiler, Office Manager
Corporate Sponsors – FY 2003 Benefactor
CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares
Paul Faraca Consigli Construction Company Tofias, P.C. Goody Clancy & Associates Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Richard J. Lundgren Carol Bratley, Bratley Associates Inc. Barr & Barr, Inc., Builders Finegold Alexander + Associates Dimeo Construction Company
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L to R: Sally Daugherty of CBT, Marcia Molay, Carol Bratley of PRESERVATION Mass, Maury Childs of PRESERVATION Mass.
L to R: Bill Steelman of Essex Heritage, Jim Igoe of PRESERVATION Mass, and Lisa Burcham of the NTHP.
2002 Fall Preservation Celebration –
A Night to Remember!
n Tuesday, November 19, 2002, PRESERVATION Mass held its first ever Fall Preservation Celebration at The Causeway, the former Stop & Shop Bakery in Boston. Approximately two hundred people attended the Celebration, making it an incredibly successful first time event! The evening was an opportunity to celebrate numerous new and exciting historic preservation events, including the official announcement of our new name and logo and the adaptive reuse of The Causeway building. But first and foremost, the evening was an opportunity to focus attention on the 2002 Ten Most Endangered Historic Resources. These significant, yet threatened resources are worthy of preservation, due to their historic and cultural importance. Furthermore, these resources are in need of recognition due to their endangerment. Thank you to everyone whose generous support and enthusiastic participation helped to make the Fall Preservation Celebration an exciting and extraordinary event!
L to R: Richard McNeany and State Representative Mark J. Carron, advocates for preservation of the Railroad Station in East Brookfield, with Jim Igoe of PRESERVATION Mass.
L to R: Marian Wrightington, Ellen Parker and Victor Bonneville, advocates for the preservation of the Tappan House in Attleboro.
L to R: Gregory S. Burns, Matthew D. Consigli, Evelyn BonTempo, Anthony M. Consigli, Noel C. BonTempo, and Paul E. Curran, advocates for the preservation of the Granite Building in Milford.
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initiates grant for the Springfield Preservation Trust
ver the past year Preservation Mass has worked with four local preservation organizations in Massachusetts communities in an effort to support their ongoing efforts towards local preservation initiatives. The organizations are Historic Salem (HSI), Springfield Preservation Trust (SPT), Save Historic Holyoke and the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) of New Bedford. Each community’s funding and/or professional staff levels vary, but Preservation Mass was able to work with all the organizations in differing capacities to assist them towards their preservation goals. One particular effort that proved fruitful was the initiation of a Technical Services Grant for the Springfield Preservation Trust. Preservation Mass applied
to the National Trust for Historic Preservation on behalf of SPT and was awarded a $5,000 matching grant. Preservation Mass, as the applicant organization, saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the SPT and assist them in developing tools for change. The first step will be to hire a strategic planner and/or organizational developer to work with the SPT in assessing the needs of the organization and developing specific solutions that will lead the organization to successfully complete its plans and goals. Preservation Mass hopes that by successfully completing this Local Initiative Technical Assistance Grant, SPT will be eligible to go on to the Local Initiative Challenge Grant of $35,000. As 2003 gets underway, Preservation Mass hopes to continue reaching out to
even more communities in whatever capacity that is appropriate. Please contact Preservation Mass (617-723-3383) if you would like the opportunity to meet with us to share working solutions for local preservation efforts. The challenge this year, in the face of tight budgets and even more limited resources, will be to work smarter with the resources we do have. We look forward to hearing from you! Elsa Fitzgerald is Special Projects Manager for PRESERVATION Mass. She is also a member of the Preservation Coalition of Massachusetts and Chair of PRESERVATION Mass’ Historic District/Historical Commission Committee.
JOHN DAVID POWELL
J ohn David Powell first contacted
PRESERVATION Mass in early December 2002, looking for an intern project to become involved with during his college vacation in January 2003. John David is a senior secondary education/social science major at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. He started out taking economics classes in college before deciding it wasn’t the direction he wanted to go in. Since then, John David has used his experiences working with children at a North Carolina athletics camp and his tutoring and mentoring in nearby schools to make a leap into teaching. He will begin student teaching in the fall of 2003. The official title of his intern project is “History in the Public Setting” and, we thought, what would be a more appropriate project for his internship than editing and 4
updating our Historic School Report! John David was very interested and enthusiastic about taking on the School Report for his project. In addition to editing and updating the Report, his internship required that he keep a journal of his experiences and write a research paper which correlates with the subject matter he encountered during the project. John David spent the month of January diligently editing the School Report, improving both the quality of its content and enhancing the images and graphics. He worked in an organized and efficient manner and produced work of superior quality. We are grateful to John David for devoting time and energy to the Historic School Report. Interested in volunteering for PRESERVATION Mass? We’re always interested in receiving volunteer assistance! Please contact Sarah DiSano, Program Coordinator at 617-723-3383 or email email@example.com.
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The Worcester Historical Commission
Michael R. Theerman, M.D. erties. The demo delay has resulted in some controversy but also in a few “saves” over the past three years. Most notably, the delay was in part responsible for preventing the demolition of an abandoned five-story Art Deco former furniture factory in the heart of the city’s newly-designated Arts District. The owners applied for demolition to avoid maintenance costs after not receiving any viable offers for the building. The Commission, in front of a room packed with City civic and political leaders, arts proponents, and developers, voted unanimously to not waive the demolition delay. The resultant publicity, if not notoriety, attracted a developer who bought the building for more than twice any previous offer and plans to convert it into mostly market rate apartments. A second save came when the 1891 Quinsigamond Village Baptist Mission Church was scheduled for demolition to create a parking lot. The demo delay waiver was denied, and this delay allowed time for Preservation Worcester to raise funds to move the church, obtain land for it from the City, secure permits, etc. It was moved onto a new foundation a quarter-mile away in Wray Square, where exterior restoration is now in progress. Other projects the WHC has been working on over the last two years include the development of a website on the Community Calendar of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, writing detailed guidelines for new construction and alterations in the LHDs, expanding public awareness of our activities and Worcester’s history by holding its monthly meetings throughout the city’s quadrants, and building a close working relationship with other City Departments, Community Development Corporations, and other local historical organizations. The WHC believes it should be concerned with, and involved in, every aspect of Worcester’s history, architecture, and archeology. Michael R. Theerman, M.D. is Chair of the Worcester Historical Commission.
201 Salisbury Street, Worcester.
Photo: M. Theerman.
As part of our continued effort to build relationships with local communities through preservation advocacy and partnerships, each issue of Preservation & People will now showcase the activities, projects and issues of a local Historical Commission. Local Historical Commissions are often the first line of defense in the struggle to preserve our historic and cultural resources. These commissions, made up of concerned volunteers, work hard to protect their community’s heritage and deserve recognition for their efforts. If you are interested in showcasing the work of your local Historical Commission in Preservation & People, contact Sarah DiSano at 617-723-3383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
he Worcester Historical Commission (WHC) was formed in 1977 primarily to preserve the homes on historic Massachusetts Avenue, a neighborhood developed by Worcester philanthropist Stephen Salisbury III at the turn of the century. The prime impetus for the formation of the WHC was an attempt by Easter Seals of Massachusetts to buy the cornerstone house of the district at 201 Salisbury Street for use as its local headquarters. This would have required the front yard to be turned into a large parking lot, in addition to other unsightly modifications. A petition to defeat this plan netted 150 signatures and resulted in a lawsuit, after which Easter Seals decided not to proceed. Several years later the house again became a single-family home, as it remains today. In 1977 the WHC was also chosen to administer the Massachusetts Avenue Local Historic District (LHD). Later, in 1993, another LHD was formed in the Montvale Road neighborhood. The WHC is hoping to develop at least one more LHD in Worcester in the near future. In addition to administering the LHDs, the WHC also enforces the city’s sixmonth Demolition Delay Ordinance, which applies to all MACRIS-listed, National Register and State Register prop-
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2003 Annual Meeting at Historic Arlington Street Church in Boston
It’s a pleasure to be with the new, revitalized Preservation Mass and with my good friend Jim Igoe...I’m impressed by the new energy, sense of mission, and accomplishments by all of you. You’re returning to the heart of preservation by strongly supporting preservation at the local level. Among other things, you’ve created the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition so that leaders of local and regional preservation organizations can share strategies and tactics on a monthly basis. Very importantly, you’re leading the effort to gain a state tax credit for preservation rehabs in Massachusetts. In doing this Massachusetts will be joining 23 other states that have such tax credits. Why do we care about, and work so hard to save, and put to productive use, waterfronts, historic buildings, neighborhoods, and surrounding countryside and farmland? For me this starts with a person’s basic reaction to the world…what one feels "in the heart." Let me share with you a few moments in my life when my response "from the heart" led me on the path of historic preservation. [T]here was the day on the 1877 Barque ELISSA, a 170-foot three-masted square-rigger that in the 1970s was awaiting the wrecker’s jaws in Piraeus, Greece. First a handful of volunteers and then our citywide preservation organization had undertaken to save and restore this hulk. We dreamed of reviving a part of Galveston’s maritime past: an operational square-rigger with authentic ties to Galveston, as ELISSA had carried cargoes ‘round the world, including to and from the Port of Galveston in the 1880s. Our motto in this effort seemed to be "Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread." We bought the hull for $40,000. Our maritime expert estimated restoration costs at $250,000; but we had overlooked that he was an expert in ship models, and had never made the transition to full-scale ships. Nearly $4 million and 8 harrowing years later, we had one of the finest operating 19th century cargo ships in the world. ELISSA’s new life included sailing in Operation Sail in New York Harbor in Preservation & People, Winter 2003 1986. In Galveston, its historic exhibits tell Galveston’s maritime story to tens of thousands of people each year. In moments like these, one does respond from the heart. At the same time, there are common themes running through these responses. Why preserve? • Because we value the superb craftsmanship and materials from past times. We find it senseless and abhorrent to destroy these. We want to use them to enrich lives today, for learning and for homes, shops, offices, and recreation within vibrant neighborhoods, downtowns, and waterfronts. • Because we value links to past generations. History is long. Our lives are short. We value the continuity and dimension these links give our lives. • Because mountains, fields, forests, and waterfronts are important to us, including the imprint and structures of human beings over the decades. These together form a living landscape, of beauty and character. • And finally, because working together to protect, restore and use these special buildings and places creates friendships and teamwork that are immediate and special. Preservation brings people together. Each of you here today could relate your own moments like these. Those times when you realized that a building or other place had personal value to you. That something was irreplaceable. Worth protecting. Worth fighting for. From those moments come preservationists. We also know this is no time to rest on our laurels. The world is changing rapidly. We face exciting times, but also critical challenges now and in the years ahead. Let me highlight…these challenges and how preservationists are taking action. First, we must redouble our effort to inculcate preservation as an ethic that is understood and embraced by all Americans…How do we awake in people a greater appreciation of historic structures, waterfronts, neighborhoods, and countryside? As always, local organizations are the frontline in attracting people to
Peter Brink, VP of Programs for the NTHP
On Saturday, January 11, 2003, PRESERVATION Mass held its Annual Meeting at the historic and recently restored Arlington Street Church in Boston. We would like to thank our members who braved the frigid temperatures to join us that day for an inspiring speech by Peter Brink, Vice President of Programs for the NTHP, followed by our business meeting. We would also like to thank Goody, Clancy & Associates, Lee Kennedy Co. Inc., and the Arlington Street Church for their generous sponsorship of this event. We’ve reprinted here highlights from Peter Brink’s motivating speech about the importance of historic preservation.
Sally Zimmerman and Elsa Fitzgerald
Claudia Wu and Wendy Nicholas
Jim Igoe, Sam Knight, Cara Metz and Bob Kuehn
Cara Metz and Jim Igoe
Anthony Consigli and Jean Carroon
preservation…But as television, with its several hundred channels, radio, print media, and the Internet become more and more pervasive, it is also critical for preservation to be more visible and persuasive in media all across our country…Finally, our opportunity is here. The Ad Council accepted the National Trust proposal as one of their three new Public Service Campaigns… Starting at the end of [January] and continuing for 3 years, the Ad Council will distribute the Public Service Ads to 28,000 media outlets across the country, including TV radio, newspapers, maga, zines, and the Web. The estimated value of these ads is $32 million annually. This will be a campaign to change the national ethic for historic preservation. Our goal is that this visibility and message will support preservation efforts across the country. We’re delighted that Preservation Mass is a top-tier partner in this PSA Campaign and that your logo will be appearing in all ads in the Massachusetts market. Second, we must intensify our efforts to manage sprawl and institute policies Winter 2003, Preservation & People
and practices that foster Smart Growth and sustainable development. Central to this effort is fully establishing that preservation-based revitalization of existing communities IS Smart Growth…Fully livable cities and towns also reduce the flow of people and development sprawling out into our countryside and farmlands. Every additional household attracted to a city, ultimately means one less household going into the sprawling surroundings. …Let us strengthen and heal neighborhoods rather than decimate them. To do this, we need, among other things, to finally pass a historic homeowners assistance act. This bill builds upon the success of the existing Federal Rehab Tax Credit for income-producing properties. With simplified procedures it could provide a 20% tax credit to assist existing and new homeowners to rehab innercity properties. In addition, we need to take advantage of the recently passed New Markets Tax Credit, to use its generous incentives to revitalize, rather than demolish, distressed neighborhoods. And, right away, we can all utilize the "Tool Kit" of successful tools for saving and rehabbing inner-city housing produced recently for the National Trust Northeast Office. In looking at these future challenges, I leave you simply with one of the thoughts from David McCullough’s address at our national conference in Providence. McCullough, speaking about his recent book, John Adams, took us through the tumultuous times of the American Revolution and the slow establishing of our new government. He concluded that, at the time one is acting, there is no such thing as the "foreseeable future". We are never sure what awaits us in the months and years ahead. But what we do know is that the qualities of dedication, belief, and action exhibited by our early leaders are ones that will stand us in good stead today. We value passionately historic buildings, landscapes, neighborhoods, and communities. We look forward to working together to protect and support them fully in the years ahead. Thank you.
Historic Whitehall in Beverly Threatened with Demolition
Whitehall includes the c. 1790’s Foster House with attached art gallery (street level), and the 1909 Georgian Revival style mansion house on the cliff above. Photo: Courtesy of the Beverly Historical Society.
hitehall, the summer home of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett in Beverly, MA, is threatened by demolition by the owner, Henry Bertolon to construct a 40 lot subdivision. The 30+ acre property includes the Georgian Revival style mansion house designed by Little & Brown in 1909 and the c.1790’s Foster House, which retains extensive significant Federal period interior woodwork in pristine condition. The Foster House was used as an art studio by the Bartletts, who constructed the attached barn as an art gallery. Frederic and Evelyn were both painters active in the 1920’s and 30’s. Their works are in a number of museum collections. Despite the presence of a Preservation Restriction on the exterior of the Foster House held by the Beverly Historical
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Society, Bertolon has applied for a demolition permit for all the structures on the property including the Foster House. The Beverly Historical Commission imposed a delay on demolition until June 4, 2003 under Beverly’s Demolition Delay By-law. There is extensive documentation on the property, including the original construction drawings and accounts at the SPNEA Archives, and numerous photographs taken by architectural photographer Steven Brooke for a book on the Bartletts published in 1989. The Bartlett’s winter residence, Bonnet House, is operated as an historic house museum and community resource in Fort Lauderdale by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (www.bonnethouse.org). For further information please call the Beverly Historical Society at 978-922-1186. Coalition will be working hard in 2003 to lobby for this Act, so that property owners across the Commonwealth will be offered an incredible incentive for rehabilitating older buildings. The Massachusetts Real Estate Investment Act helps save the best of the Commonwealth’s past while working for a bright economic future. Please help by writing, emailing or calling your Senator and State Representative and asking them to support this important legislation. To find your legislators and their contact information, visit www.state.ma.us/legis. For more information about the Massachusetts Real Estate Investment Act and to view a copy of the Act as filed with the legislature in December 2002, please visit our website: www.preservationmass.org.
sponsors of this legislation. The goal of this act is to provide an economic stimulus for the redevelopment of commercial and residential real estate throughout the Commonwealth. Modeled after a similar Federal program, and created to work in tandem with that program, the Massachusetts Real Estate Investment Act provides a 30% state tax credit for reinvestment in a building that is at least 50 years old. Similar programs have been implemented throughout the U.S. and have had significant impacts in saving historic structures while creating jobs and stimulating the economy. A comprehensive study of a similar tax program in Maryland, implemented in 1999, indicated 2,454 jobs were created over a two-year 8
period. During that same period the total output in the Maryland economy was increased by $260.5 million and wages increased by $81.6 million. The AE Coffin Press building in New Bedford, on the cover of this issue of Preservation & People, and Canal Place III in Lowell, shown on page 9, are just two examples of the many potential projects across the Commonwealth that could become a reality if such a tax credit were implemented. The Act will generate significant reinvestment in the cores of our historic downtowns and motivate owners of older homes to rehabilitate their property - increasing property values and creating jobs. This legislation will fill the "gap" – making marginal financial projects into economic success stories for many communities. This bill will be debated in the new legislative session (2003-2004) and the Preservation & People, Winter 2003
PRESERVATION Mass Welcomes Three New Directors!
PRESERVATION Mass recently approved three new Directors. We are honored and excited to have Bob Bernstein, Jean Carroon and Louis Miller on the Board—they are an invaluable addition to our team! Bob Bernstein is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for ML Strategies LLC, the strategic consulting firm associated with the Boston based law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P .C., where he develops and implements legislative and regulatory strategies for clients together with representing client interests before the Legislative and Executive Branches of state and local government. He is a former Massachusetts State Senator, serving three distinguished terms representing Central Massachusetts. During his six years in office, Bob chaired several committees, including Insurance, Criminal Justice, Energy and Election Laws. Bob sits on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations including Jeremiah’s Inn, the Jewish Healthcare Center, Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc., and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc. Jean Carroon is a Principal and Director of Preservation for the architecture firm Goody, Clancy & Associates, overseeing the firm’s renovation projects of landmark structures and coordinating the preservation/conservation staff involved in each. She has been involved with several noteworthy projects, including Boston’s Arlington Street Church and Trinity Church, and the Ayer Mansion, one of two extant residences designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Jean began her architectural career at Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, followed by seven years at Ann Beha Associates, and established her own architectural practice in 1994, Jean Carroon Architects. The entire firm joined Goody Clancy early in 2000. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, the Association of Preservation Technology, and the National Trust Preservation Forum. Louis Miller is a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart’s Real Estate Department and specializes in the acquisition, development, permitting and financing of commercial real estate, both locally and nationally. Louis served as counsel for several significant real estate transactions, including the redevelopment of the Liberty Tree Building (a 1994 Ten Most Endangered Historic Resource) on Washington Street, Boston, and the leasing of the redeveloped building to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Louis sits on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations including The Freedom Trail Foundation, for which he is currently serving as Chair. He is also a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Real Estate Finance Association. Welcome, Bob, Jean and Louis, to the PRESERVATION Mass Board of Directors. We look forward to working with you!
Canal Place III, Lowell. Built in 1908, the two attached mill buildings were historically known as the Bigelow Carpet Company’s Wool House/Scouring Building and the Wool Washing Building. The properties are listed on the National and State Registers through their inclusion in both the Lowell National Historical Park & Preservation District and the Locks and Canals Historic District. They are also National Historic Landmarks by virtue of their being in the Locks and Canals district. They are also within the Downtown Lowell Historic District, a local historic district that places them under the jurisdiction of the Lowell Historic Board.
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The Barns of Massachusetts:
An important and endangered resource
Sarah DiSano n recent months there have been several articles in the press regarding an important, yet rapidly disappearing, historic and cultural resource in the Commonwealth: the barn. Once a quintessential aspect of New England life, landscape and vernacular architecture, old barns are all too often seen as yet another "white elephant" in terms of 21st century agricultural technology and the loss of many small family-operated farms throughout the state. Furthermore, due to ever increasing pressures to develop in rural areas, barns and other agricultural features in many Massachusetts communities are being razed in the name of sprawl. While there are preservation-minded barn owners who do try to maintain and preserve their historic barns, doing so is often an arduous task, as it can be difficult to secure funding for restoration work, and/or find contractors willing to take on barn projects, as they are sometimes seen as cumbersome structures to rehabilitate. Despite the obstacles facing barns today, they are worthy of preservation. Recently, PRESERVATION Mass has had the good fortune of coming in contact with a number of people who recognize barn preservation as a key issue for the 21st century. In particular, we’ve established a relationship with Sumner E. Perlman of Lexington, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. Sumner’s love of barns goes back to his childhood when he spent many pleasant hours in his grandfather’s barn. Through this interest in barns, Sumner developed a book, Barns of Dennis, Massachusetts, which he published in 2002.
Barn at 2 Upper County Rd., S. Dennis. Photo: S. Perlman
Sumner’s diligence, enthusiasm, and passion for barns is compelling and we feel strongly that Massachusetts’ barns need many strong preservation advocates. As a result, PRESERVATION Mass is interested in establishing a barn preservation committee, composed of individuals from Williamstown to Provincetown who are interested in discussing barns and developing strategies for barn preservation advocacy. If you would like to participate in a barn preservation committee, have ideas about barn preservation advocacy, or know about barns in your community that are currently threatened, please contact PRESERVATION Mass at 617-723-3383 or email email@example.com. We welcome your input and participation! With your help, we hope to develop greater awareness, and ultimately more preservation, of this important resource. Sumner Perlman’s barn book, Barns of Dennis, Massachusetts, is available at the Harvard Coop, the New England Mobile Book Fair, and selected bookstores on Cape Cod for
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Membership contributions –
November 2002 – January 17, 2003
Year-End Appeal 2002 Contributions
(as of January 17, 2003)
Seniors & Students
Phoebe Mason Bruck Richard C. Garvey Grace G. Hoag Theresa Mitrowski Francis E. Park Cathy Wickwire
Melvin E. Clouse Linda M. Cox Barbara George John K. Grondalski Steven A. Kesselman Richard J. Lundgren Philip Cryan Marshall Roger Reed Sara Rosenfeld Helen Soussou Michael R. Theerman, M.D.
J. Donald Lennerton Jr., Leicestern Historical Commission Win Fitzgerald, Sudbury Historical Commission Jacqueline C. Tidman, Westborough Historical Commission
Lawrence C. Bauer, Solomon + Bauer Architects Inc Robert Cruickshank
Caleb Loring, Jr. David & Christina Sullivan Arrowstreet, Inc. Ed Callahan, Feeley + Driscoll Diamond & Co. Inc. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP Levine, Katz, Nannis & Solomon, P .C. National Development Pressley Associates, Inc. Tishman Construction
Family & Organization John Althouse
John Anderson & Heather Champigny Renee M. Landers & Thomas L. Barrette, Jr. Walter Hoeg, Kingston Historic Commission
Kathy Abbott Mrs. Martina Albright James Alexander Joan M. Angelosanto Shary Page Berg Mrs. Jean Allen Bird Mrs. Charles B. Bradshaw John K. Bullard Douglas Butler Richard M. Candee Maurice F. Childs Bruce Cohen Kay Flynn and Dan Coughlin Eric E. Dray Edward J. Dwyer Corliss Engle Elsa Fitzgerald Pamela W Fox . Jack Glassman Anne Grady Marian R. Halperin Martha Hamilton John R. Harrington William B. King Sam and Anna Knight Waldo Lyon
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Winter 2003, Preservation & People
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