Looking Forward Symposium
New! Papers from the Looking Forward Symposium available online
In October 2011, in partnership with Roger Williams University, Historic New England invited a new generation of preservationists to articulate a vision for what is to be preserved in New England in the twenty-first century. Graduate students from the nation's top preservation and public history programs explored topics in three different areas: evaluation, assessment, and interpretation; integrity and treatment; and advocacy and activism.
Common Sense Preservation Web Portal
In partnership with Preserve Rhode Island, Newport Restoration Foundation and the Providence Revolving Fund, Historic New England proudly presents a new web portal called Common Sense Preservation. This site provides tips, and annotated links geared towards helping homeowners protect, maintain and maximize the energy efficiency of their properties while preserving historic integrity.
The partnership also has worked together to offer a series of educational workshops, including Energy Efficiency Basics for Old House Owners, guidance in how to balance energy efficiency and maintenance costs with the retention of historic character and adherence to professional preservation standards. For information about upcoming programs, visit our calendar of events.
The Historic New England Modern Houses Database
The Modern Houses Database is a collaborative effort by architecture and preservation partner organizations to increase recognition and appreciation of Modernist houses in New England. Organized in 2007, the first phase of the project involved the formation of a Study Committee consisting of architecture and preservation experts from the New England region. The Study Committee has identified a core group of twentieth-century Modernist architects who practiced in New England. Work is ongoing to compile a reference database of their residential works, using the extensive architectural collections of Historic New England’s Library and Archives and similar architectural collections in the region. When complete, the database will cover all aspects of residential work, including existing Modernist houses, demolished houses, and designs for houses that were never built. The overall goals for the project are to provide scholarly research to facilitate identification of these residences so that they can be recognized and documented, help publicize the work of talented regional architects whose names are largely unknown, and assist ongoing regional efforts to preserve Modernist residential architecture by sharing the database information with New England state historic preservation offices as well as state and local preservation non-profit groups.