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Abbott Lowell Cummings: A Pioneer of Preservation and Architectural History

Abbott Lowell Cummings, a leading authority on first period architecture passed away at the age of 94. His career and writing spanned decades and he mentored so many scholars personally and beyond, with his books and teachings on historic architecture. Richard Candee, professor emeritus of the American and New England Studies and Preservation Studies programs at Boston University, honored Mr. Cummings in this piece published in Antiques and the Arts Weekly.

#TBT: Truro Town Hall

This week's #TBT is from 1996 and the listing of Truro's Town Hall (formerly Union Hall) on the Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources list! Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook (@preservationma) for new MER updates each #TBT!

#TBT: Ventfort Hall in Lenox

#TBT to (again), 1993 and the listing of Venfort Hall in Lenox on the Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources List. Threatened with demolition to make way for a nursing home development, in 1994 the Ventfort Hall Association was formed. They raised funds through donations and loans from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and in 1997 purchased the property. Ventfort Hall is now the Gilded Age Museum and has undergone exterior restoration work, made possible through several preservation grants. Hard work, dedication and vision has ensured this gem in the Berkshires remains and offers a fantastic glimpse into life in the "Gilded Age". Ventfort Hall is open year round for tour

3 Months Away! MHPC 2017

Is the Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference on your calendar? If not, save the date for Friday, September 22 at the UMass Inn and

#TBT

Introducing PM's Most Endangered "Throwback Thursdays"! Each Thursday PM will highlight a past Most Endangered Historic Resource with a pic, an update and the hashtag #TBT on our website and Facebook. Share, comment or send us updates on any Most Endangered listings that are in your area! Our first post was about the Sankaty Lighthouse on Nantucket, a very fitting early summer post! Be sure to follow our weekly updates!

It's Picture Time!

Pictures from the 2017 Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards are now up for viewing! Be sure to visit our Flickr site to see nearly 200 images from a great and inspiring evening that celebrated the Power of Preservation!

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