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Historic New England protects H.H. Richardson-designed Ames Gate Lodge

Ames Gate Lodge

BOSTON – July 2013 – Historic New England, in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations, finalized agreements to protect portions of the historic and scenic Langwater property, owned by the Oliver F. Ames family, in North Easton, Massachusetts. This includes the historic Ames Gate Lodge designed by the prominent architect H. H. Richardson and nationally recognized as one of his most celebrated buildings. The Ames Gate Lodge and 2.6 surrounding acres will be protected through a preservation easement held as part of Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program, while the remaining 13.0 acres will be protected by a conservation easement held by The Trustees of Reservations.

In addition to the acreage around the 1880-1881 Ames Gate Lodge, Historic New England’s easement protects all exterior elevations of the building including its orange tile roof, eyelid dormers, massive stone walls, interior woodwork, built-in furniture, and a carved-sandstone fireplace mantle by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and glass tile chimney breast possibly by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Historic New England and The Trustees of Reservations thank the Oliver F. Ames family for their generosity and support of this conservation and preservation vision.

“Historic New England recognizes the dedicated care of the Ames Gate Lodge by the Oliver Ames family since its construction and is delighted to have a formal role in assuring the protection of this nationally-significant building forever through our stewardship easement program,” adds Carl R. Nold, President and CEO, Historic New England.

This is the eighty-sixth property protected through Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program and expands the scope and range of architectural styles protected by the organization.

Media Contact: Susanna M. Crampton

About Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program
The Stewardship Easement Program administers preservation easements held by Historic New England, which protect privately owned historic properties across New England. The program creates partnerships between property owners and Historic New England with the shared goal of preserving a property's historic character. By donating an easement, an owner entrusts Historic New England with the responsibility of working with present and future owners to protect important historic elements from alteration or neglect. To date, the program holds easements that protect more than 150 buildings and 750 acres of land across five New England states. Historic New England is committed to protecting all domestic building types representing New England from the seventeenth century to the present.  Visit for more information about the program.

About the Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. We were founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 109 spectacular reservations located on more than 26,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. Our reservations range from working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, to community parks, gardens, and barrier beaches, and include five National Historic Landmarks and a National Natural Landmark. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities through hundreds of annual outreach programs, workshops, and events for all ages. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in cultural resources, land protection, education, ecology, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please contact

Historic New England protects H.H. Richardson-designed Ames Gate Lodge