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Preservation Is... An Awards Recap

Since you're on this web page, you probably have an interest or curiosity about historic preservation. Maybe you're a volunteer, historic commission member, a professional, student or just someone who ended up clicking through from Facebook or Instagram. So what "is" preservation? If there is anything that we have seen over the past 30+ years of advocacy and education work, it is that preservation is constantly changing. While we may deal in material aspects of the past (ie: historic buildings, landscapes, cemeteries, mill complexes) the message and the "why" is constantly changing. From the bulldozer standoff's in the 60's to the economic drivers of the 2000's and 2010's... preservation

Preservation Loses a Pioneer: Roger Webb

Preservation Massachusetts joins many in mourning the passing of Roger Webb, a pioneer, visionary and trail blazer for preservation in our Commonwealth and beyond. You may or may not have heard of him, but you have certainly seen the results of his innovative work, his leadership and his dedication to history, architecture and the preservation community in Massachusetts. With urban renewal in full swing in 1960's Boston, Roger established the Architectural Heritage Foundation, to facilitate the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Without him and his leadership, there would be no Quincy Market, nor no Old City Hall, our organization's home for 30 years. We ate many a lunch in it's court

Stories from the Gilded Age: The Whitin Lasell Manor

Gilded Age mansions have always had a certain undeniable mystique about them. When one goes on the market it’s a bit like the coming-out party of an early twentieth-century society girl: she’s beautiful, mysterious, stepping out for all the world to see, and looking for her worthy match. And there is not another in the world quite like her. Such is the case with the historic Whitin Lasell Manor at 120 Hill Street in Whitinsville, MA. Built in 1890 for Charles Whitin Lasell, president of Whitin Machine Works, this 43-room mansion and sprawling woodland estate brings the best of Downton-Abbey-esque elegance to modern times. But even more captivating than its surface grandeur and period detail

"That house wants to be saved" The Tilden House in Canton

Storytelling is an integral part of history. Stories teach, they inspire, they motivate, they caution. Stories tell where you have been and where you are and where you hope to go in the future. Through Storytellers we share local preservation stories that can serve to educate and inspire others, and ourselves. This edition encompasses the dedication, time and sheer determination that goes into saving the historic buildings that are "living manifestations of our heritage and culture". The story of the Tilden House in Canton and 16 year mission to bring it back from the brink speak to the perseverance (and frustration) that many in preservation can relate to. And how in the end "lost c

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