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: Monahan Building, the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut

A sense of physical place can factor significantly in memory, particularly when associated with the formative years spent in school. The buildings in which young people learn often remain inextricably linked to the educational lessons themselves. When several Hotchkiss School alumni and trustees, including Forrest Mars, Jr. (class of 1949) and John L. Thornton (class […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Rehab: Green Rehabilitation: the BNN Charles J. Beard II Media Center

The green rehabilitation of a historic structure can be quite complex, particularly if the building is large and in serious disrepair. Such was the situation facing the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) and Urban Edge when they undertook the large-scale rehabilitation of the former Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) substation in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, […]

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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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Reduce, Reuse, Rehab: New Insulation Options for a Greener Historic Home

The energy efficiency benefits of insulation are easily achieved and widely understood. While preservationists generally do not recommend its installation between walls of historic buildings – due to its potentially damaging effects to historic materials, high cost, and less effective energy savings – insulation installed in the attic and roof can save a historic-home owner […]

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