Our Commonwealth

Preservation Across Massachusetts
In This Issue
Endangered on the Vineyard! Fall Preservation Event a Success! PM to be Honored by The Hanover Theatre New "Developments" in North Easton Most Endangered Update: Hopper Success 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. Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Another month has passed and once again we have lots to share with you in this edition of Our Commonwealth! With each issue we seem to be getting more information, interesting articles, updates on issues and upcoming events to share with our partners across the state. Our Commonwealth has proven to be a great resource and tool for PM to communicate with you. I sincerely hope you find it interesting and informative and as always we love hearing your feedback. Communication is very important for our organization and the entire preservation movement in Massachusetts. Communicating why preservation is important, how it plays a role in our daily lives and how it can benefit and enhance communities is all part of preservation education. Education is a vitally important part of PM and our mission. Dorr Fox's lead article discusses how workshops and partnerships plays a part in his role as a Circuit Rider. Our Fall Preservation Event, which took place on October 28th, was a tremendous success and featured a very informative and excellent talk by Timothy Orwig on the origins of the preservation movement in Massachusetts. Even preservationists need a refresher course now and then. At PM we are constantly learning and finding new opportunities to take our resources and support across our state. From learning about an endangered house belonging to one of the very few African American whaling captains to organizing workshops, preservation education is an ongoing process and one that PM is dedicated to continuing. I hope you will take part in our educational ventures with us! Sincerely,

November 2009

Greetings from Preservation Massachusetts!

The Education of Preservation
Patron / $2,000 - $2,500 Beacon Communities LLC
Being a circuit rider is not just about visiting amazing historic sites and engaging with interesting people about the projects they are passionate about. It is also about continually educating and fostering a better understanding of historic preservation, its benefits, resources and functions in our communities. A great way to achieve this is by hosting local workshops that involve a number of different preservation related topics, discussions and partner organizations. This week Preservation Massachusetts co-sponsored with the Trustees of Reservations a workshop focused on preserving historic barns. The workshop, hosted at the BristolCountyAgriculturalSchool in Dighton , intended to educate attendees on the advantages of approving the Community Preservation Act as a tool for preserving historic barns. Featured speakers included Ian Ellison, a master timber framer, and Brian Herr, former clerk of the works for a barn in Hopkinton that was restored using CPA funds. Elsa Fitzgerald and I have had the pleasure of working with Kelley Whitmore of the Trustees of Reservations on this project. This is the third workshop I have worked on as a circuit rider. Earlier this summer, Erin Kelly and I helped organize a seminar in Taunton in coordination with The Trust for Public Land that emphasized the benefits of CPA in regards to historic preservation, along with other tools like our State Historic Tax Credit. This past April, Preservation Massachusetts partnered with the Cape Cod Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation on a day-long workshop in Harwich. Presentation topics included generating good CPA projects, modernist buildings on the Cape and preventing the demolition of historic structures. More than one hundred people attended, including members of historical commissions, historic district commissions and preservation professionals. On this venture, I worked closely with Sarah Korjeff who has led preservation efforts for the Cape Cod Commission for several years. Currently, Sarah and I are embarking on another educational adventure scheduled for the spring of 2010 that will focus on historic preservation and green technology. Session topics will include how green design can be accommodated in the restoration of historic buildings without losing their character defining features, preserving original windows while being energy efficient and combing alternative energy sources with historic preservation. In light of how climate change is affecting how we perceive our built environment and preservation, we believe that this is a timely theme for Cape Cod and should generate substantial interest. For many years Preservation Massachusetts has been making a significant contribution to educating the historic preservation community within our state. With "on the road" education seminars like Preservation 101 and 201, as well as a new presentation on historic preservation and CPA, we have been working hard to ensure that historical commissions, community preservation committees and all preservationists have the opportunity to access these important educational resources . We hope to see you at one of our workshops to learn how you can help preserve and revitalize your community!

DAIQ/D'Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects Epsilon Associates Finegold Alexander + Associates Forest City Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. Nixon Peabody LLP The Architectural Team

Board of Directors

Jack Hodgkins-Chair Pamela Bailey - Clerk Philip A. Madonia- Treasurer

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 Claudia S. Wu Staff James W. Igoe President

Dorr Fox is a Circuit Rider for Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. Contact him at dfox@preservationmass.org

Fall Preservation Event A Success!
On Wednesday October 28, 2009, over one hundred preservation professionals, enthusiasts and corporate partners gathered in the offices of Nixon Peabody LLP to formally announce 2009's Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources. This year's endangered resources include Peace Haven in Assonet (Freetown), the Blackstone Viaduct in Blackstone, and the Caesar Robbins House in Concord and the Cisco Homestead in Grafton. Foreclosed & Abandoned Neighborhood Properties (Statewide), the Milton Poor Farm in Milton, the First Baptist Church in New Bedford and Lincoln Square in Worcester also made 2009's list.

Erin D. A. Kelly Assistant Director
The evening also featured a fantastic talk on the origins of the preservation movement in Massachusetts by Timothy Orwig, lecturer in American Studies at Boston University. Thanks to Tim for his talk, all attendees, members and volunteers who helped make this yet another great night for preservation in Massachusetts.

Anulfo G. Baez Office Manager

Photo: Jim Igoe, Erin Kelly and Steve Moga with Maria Madison and Faith Ferguson, representatives from the Caesar Robbins House in Concord. Credit: Anulfo Baez

Elsa Fitzgerald Special Projects Manager Intern Courtney Whelan Circuit Riders In Parnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Preservation Massachusetts to be honored in Worcester on November 23.
The Worcester Center for Performing Arts has selected Preservation Massachusetts as one of the recipients of the First Annual Encore Awards for its significant contribution to the development of the Hanover Theatre.

Michele P. Barker Dorr Fox Steve Moga

PM supported the rehabilitation of the former Lowes/Poli's Palace Theatre in downtown Worcester from the very beginning. The project was aided by crucial State Historic Tax Credits and opened with flourish on March 14, 2008. PM President Jim Igoe attended the opening gala and was "tremendously proud and utterly amazed at the remarkable restoration of the Hanover Theatre. It is truly a gem for the City of Worcester". The Hanover Theatre was awarded a Paul E. Tsongas Award in 2008 for its use of the State Historic Tax Credit in promoting economic development by reusing a historic building. PM is extremely honored to be recognized for our contribution to this great theatre.

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New "Developments" in North Easton
The bulldozer looming in front of the historic office building at the Ames Shovel Shops is now gone. Just last week the town of Easton and Beacon Communities, LLC unveiled new plans to restore and reuse the complex of buildings that has been threatened with over-development and demolition. In 2008, PM listed the complex on the Most Endangered list due to a large-scale housing development proposed that would demolish or severely compromise the historic integrity and character of the Shovel Shops and the center of North Easton. The Shops were also included on the National Trust's 11 Most Endangered list earlier this year. Beacon Communities is based in Boston and has a long track record of successful historic rehabilitation projects across the state. Housing is still the planned use but at a scaled back level that what the previous owners had proposed. PM is excited to see this latest development for the Ames Shovel Shops and will support this project as it moves forward.

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Plans Underway to Preserve Hopper property and house in Truro

The family that now owns the seaside house and property of famed artist Edward Hopper have recently announced plans to protect the property and house with deed restrictions. The Hopper house, located in Truro, was listed on PM's 2007 Most Endangered List due to the proposed construction of a 6,500 square foot house on an Mark your calendars and join adjacent land parcel. The house was situated in the middle of the "Hopper landscape" which us on May 5th, 2010 for the is the view the artist often painted from his large north-facing window. And while the 23rd Annual Awards Dinner at controversial house continues under construction, a conservation restriction is being worked the Fairmont Copley Plaza out for the 7.6 acres of Hopper property that will protect the land from further development. Hotel! The family also plans to place a preservation restriction on the house itself, citing their More details to follow in the wishes to see their family connection with the house and Hopper's legacy preserved for the coming months future.

African American Whaling Captain's Salem Athanaeum Celebrates 200 Years in 2010! house on Martha's The Salem Athenæum, a preeminent cultural institution, marks its 200th year in 2010. With its collection of historic and contemporary books and quality programming comprised of lectures, Vineyard is courses, and concerts, the Athenæum will celebrate its members and collections and their endangered! influence on Salem and the world.
The Athenæum will kick off its 200th year with a cocktail party at Sixty2 On Wharf in Salem on January 12, 6 to 9 p.m.

A historic home in Edgartown

once belonging to Captain William A. Martin, one of the only few African American Whaling Captains is endangered. The house which was built in 1870 has fallen into disrepair further adding to the preservation challenges it currently faces. The cost for buying the house and renovating it is at approximately $3 million. Click here to learn more about this historic house on Martha's Vineyard.

On March 6, 2010, (exactly 200 years from the date of its incorporation) the Athenæum celebrates its anniversary in style with a Federalist period "assembly" (the name given at that time to a splendid social event featuring music, dance, food and drink). This event, The Salem Athenaeum Bicentennial Assembly: Celebrating 1810, will be held at Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut Street, Salem from 7 to 11 p.m. More events will take place throughout the year and PM will keep you updated. Fore more information visit www.salemathanaeum.net

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