New easement property designed by Royal Barry Wills Associates

May 13, 2019

Historic New England is excited to announce the preservation restriction on the Charles Wills House in Lynnfield, Mass. The house was designed as part of a twenty-seven-lot residential subdivision by the Royal Barry Wills Associates firm. It was built in 1974 by Charles Wills (son of Royal Barry Wills) for himself and his family.

Royal Barry Wills-designed Charles Wills House in Lynnfield, Mass.

The house is the 112th addition to Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program, one of the oldest and most recognized such programs in the country. A preservation easement is a legal agreement used to protect significant buildings and landscape features of a historic property.

The Charles Wills House preservation restriction is especially exciting because of the connection to our ongoing Royal Barry Wills Associates Archive digitization project. Historic New England acquired the firm’s archive in 2013, and more than 28,322 architectural drawings from the archive have been processed to date. Wills was once considered the leading U.S. designer of small traditional houses and one of the highest-paid architects in the 1930s and ’40s.

Learn more about the Royal Barry Wills Associates and the archives digitization project in the Winter 2018 issue of Historic New England magazine.

Read previous posts about the Royal Barry Wills Associates Archive.