The Trust for Architectural Easements is much more than just an easement-holding organization. We are committed to educating the public about historic preservation, historic architecture, and sustainable development.The Trust publishes newsletters and architectural guides to promote the need for historic preservation in the United States.

Reduce, Reuse, Rehab: Historic Buildings and Energy-Efficient Roof Treatments

In recent years, green building advocates have proposed alternative roof treatments for the achievement of greater energy efficiency. Green building certifications – like LEED and others – place particular emphasis on green roofs. In 2009, United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu advocated cool roofs for greater energy efficiency – a method most recently adopted […]

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Architectural Ambler: Gaslamp Quarter Historic District

San Diego, California It may be “America’s Finest City” today, but San Diego wasn’t always that way. In the 1880s and ‘90s, the city’s wharf-side commercial strip was known as the “Stingaree” – a redlight district where one could get “stung” (robbed, abducted, etc.) just as badly as in the stingray-swarming San Diego Bay, or […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Rehab: Green Cleaning and Historic Exteriors

As spring blooms and temperatures rise, the effects of the harsh winter weather become apparent on historic exteriors. Excessive precipitation and wind can leave biological growth, dirt, grime, and rust clinging to walls, which, if not cleaned properly, can cause damage to the historic fabric. In the September issue of Reduce, Reuse, Rehab, Laura L. […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Rehab: Cambridge City Hall Annex

Cambridge, Massachusetts The City Hall Annex in Cambridge, Mass., is an excellent model of how historic preservation and sustainable design can work together to simultaneously cut costs, lower carbon emissions and preserve historic buildings. In 2005, following a one and a half-year renovation project in which 85 percent of all construction waste was recycled, the […]

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Architectural Ambler: Old Towne Historic District

Orange, California This month, we travel to Orange, California, to explore the Old Towne Historic District, the largest National Register Historic District in its state. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, the Old Towne Historic District is approximately one square mile in area. Its boundaries encompass over 1,300 buildings representative of […]

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