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Columns: November 2012

The Adaptive Reuse of Historic Churches In 2004, the Boston Archdiocese announced plans to close 65-80 of its 357 parishes. The same year, the Detroit Archdiocese revealed it would close 65 of its churches by 2015. Citing plans for redevelopment New York City’s Archdiocese has closed several iconic churches in Manhattan, including Harlem’s 105-year-old St. […]

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Columns: July 2012

Researching Your House Recently, I have become interested in researching a little bit about the history of my house. I have been told that the house – located in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC – was built in the early 1940s, but I do not know much more than that. I found this claim […]

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Columns: October 2009

President’s Message Earlier this year, work began on retrofitting the Empire State Building to make it more energy-efficient. When the project is complete, this National Historic Landmark, the tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1931, will stand as one of the most easily recognizable examples of how historic buildings […]

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Columns: June 2009

President Obama’s stimulus package, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, allocates tens of billions of dollars to fund “shovel-ready” projects – improvements to our transportation and infrastructure systems, to our children’s schools, and to our downtowns and main streets. These projects will have an immediate impact on strengthening local economies. They also present the preservation […]

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Columns: February 2009

President’s Message To reduce its global footprint, the Trust is now publishing Columns as an e-newsletter. We have also created two new e-newsletters, published monthly: Reduce, Reuse, Rehab – Building Rehabilitation: Sustainability in Practice, and Preservation by Prevention – Care & Maintenance of Your Historic Building. If you are interested in subscribing to either of […]

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Columns: September 2008

President’s Message Historic buildings are renewable resources. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for generations. Unfortunately, current public policy promotes the expansion of urban sprawl and does little to encourage the rehabilitation of buildings, whether historic or not. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change estimates that 43 percent of carbon emissions in […]

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Columns: June 2008

President’s Message As a historic property owner and a historic preservation easement donor, it gives me great pride to explore the communities in which the Trust holds easements, and to know that our efforts are helping to protect precious and limited resources – America’s historic buildings and the environment that surrounds them. If sustainable design […]

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Columns: February 2008

President’s Message Marked by storms and plummeting temperatures, winter is typically a preservationist’s off-season. It is a quiet period when architectural historians spend important time in study or research. Architectural historians are all around us. Their jobs and skills are widely divergent, but their passion for old buildings binds them together as strongly as the […]

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Columns: September 2007

President’s Message Autumn is a time of change: summer shifts to fall, leaves change from green to fiery red, a new school year begins. These are cyclical changes. They occur year after year and comfort us with their constancy. Our historic buildings also provide us with constancy. Tributes to our heritage, they ground us as […]

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Columns: June 2007

President’s Message The Trust for Architectural Easements, formerly the National Architectural Trust, is the largest preservation easement holding organization in the nation, holding easements on more than 760 properties. We are working to raise awareness about the need for historic preservation through grants to preservation organizations and community groups, and through education initiatives directed at […]

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