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A Prolific New England Architect: Explore the New Online Catalogue of William Ralph Emerson’s Works

This winter we introduce a new interactive feature on our website centered on the work of renowned New England architect William Ralph Emerson (1833-1917). The online database is searchable and includes information on all of Emerson’s known commissions, including those that are no longer standing and those that were never constructed. Visitors can browse or […]

A new Whitaker painting at the Eustis Estate

Fishing Fleet is an oil painting of Narragansett Bay by the nineteenth-century Providence artist George Whitaker (1841-1916). About Whitaker Whitaker was a prominent Rhode Island landscape painter and a founding member of the Providence Art Club. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and orphaned at a young age. He eventually joined his uncles, engravers […]

Scotchford-Wheeler House for sale in Concord, Mass.

The Scotchford-Wheeler House is one of the oldest houses in Concord, Massachusetts. An important vestige of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Concord, the house is protected through Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program. Built circa 1653 by John Scotchford, the house was sold in 1696 to Deacon Edward Wheeler and has remained in the Wheeler family ever […]

Video: How the Bauhaus philosophy applies to conversations we are having today

Join Historic New England Team Leader Peter Gittleman and Site Manager Wendy Hubbard for a discussion about the use and reinterpretation of traditional New England design at Gropius House in Lincoln, Mass. Although established in the early twentieth century, the principles of the Bauhaus philosophy continue to be relevant today. When the Gropius House was […]

General Moulton House for sale in Hampton, N.H.

The General Moulton House, a significant example of Georgian architecture in southern New Hampshire protected in Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program, is for sale for the first time in almost fifty years. Built in 1769 by General Jonathan Moulton, who attained wealth, fame, and status through land speculation and public office, the house retains […]

The 1772 Foundation and Preservation Massachusetts help fund restoration work at the Lyman Estate

Historic New England awarded a $10,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation and Preservation Massachusetts. The funds will be used toward the restoration of the Bark Pit Greenhouse at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. The greenhouse is a long, low brick structure built into the side of a hill, with a sloping roof consisting […]

Preservation Leadership Award

Honoring preservation leadership that enriches New England’s communities The first-annual Historic New England Preservation Leadership Award honors an individual or institution whose indelible contribution to the preservation movement has had a transformational impact on the New England region. The awardee’s civic, educational, or professional leadership will exemplify the ways in which thoughtful preservation practice contributes […]

Maple sugaring at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

For the past two school years, students from the River Valley Charter School in Newburyport, Mass., have spent many of their days not in a classroom, but at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. The arrangement started as both a pandemic-era mitigation strategy and a commitment to the ideals of the school, whose mission is “to provide a rigorous […]

As language evolves, so do labels

Historic New England strives to be inclusive and welcoming in all that we do – from our broad institutional initiatives to membership categories. There are many different family structures, all of whom should feel welcome and represented in our membership program. To reflect this, we have the following updates to our membership levels and benefits. […]

Adventures in Woodworking Part 3: Lathe Turning and Scratch Stock

Mellon Conservation Fellow Karen Bishop shares her process for creating a replica of a seventeenth-century carved drawer and box. In the final part of this series, Karen creates the feet and trim. Lathe Turning After building the case and drawer, Karen moved on to the box’s finishing touches: molded trim and turned feet. Similar to […]