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Architectural Ambler: Eagleville Historic District

Holden, Massachusetts This month, the Architectural Ambler visits a recent addition to the National Register of Historic Places: the Eagleville Historic District, a former textile mill village in the town of Holden, Massachusetts. One of Holden’s eight original mill villages, Eagleville is the sole remaining example: a relatively undisturbed collection of 19th and early 20th […]

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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: Brattle Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts This month, the Architectural Ambler visits historic Brattle Street, a prominent thoroughfare in the Old Cambridge National Register Historic District in Cambridge, Mass. Allegedly named for 18th-century Brattle Street resident – and British Loyalist – Col. William Brattle Jr., Brattle Street extends westward from Cambridge’s original historic core near Harvard Square, where the […]

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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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Architectural Ambler: County Street Historic District

New Bedford, MA To walk through the County Street Historic District of New Bedford, Massachusetts is to enter into a three-dimensional textbook of 19th-century American residential architecture. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the district features a treasure trove of 19th-century houses designed by such prominent architects as Richard Upjohn, Russell […]

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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: 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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