As part of its mission to preserve the nation’s architectural legacy, the Trust for Architectural Easements works to educate people of all ages about historic architecture, and its importance to our heritage. Education is the surest way of fostering an appreciation for, and enjoyment of, historic architecture. Appreciation leads to preservation, and preservation keeps our historic buildings around for the next generation to enjoy and preserve.
The Trust has worked with three public elementary schools in Washington, D.C., leading urban planning workshops for students in the first through the sixth grades. Students designed and built imaginary cities out of cardboard boxes, construction paper, and other found objects. They also went on architectural walking tours, learning to spot different architectural elements, and to think like architects.