FS002 Sustainable Futures for Historic Properties: Estates in North Easton and Milton

Greg Galer
Easton Historical Commission, Boston Preservation Alliance
Boston, MA 
United States
Gregory J. Galer, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance. He is active with the Easton Historical Commission and has managed or monitored several North Easton restoration projects to preserve the village's historic properties. His 2001 MIT dissertation was entitled "Forging Ahead: The Ames Family of Easton, MA and Two Centuries of Industrial Enterprise, 1635-1861."
Arleyn Levee
Landscape Consultant
Belmont, MA 
United States
Arleyn A. Levee is a landscape historian, specializing in the work of the Olmsted Firm. She has lectured across the country about Olmsted design and consulted on numerous public and private projects. She is a past co-chair of the National Association of Parks; a former Trustee of Historic New England and currently sits on the Belmont Historic District Commission.
Ben Haavik
Historic New England
Waltham, MA 
United States
Benjamin Haavik, Team Leader of Property Care for Historic New England, is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of 36 historic house museums and their landscapes. He began his career at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in Philadelphia, PA, and then became Deputy Director of the Historic House Trust of New York City.  Currently Ben is managing the Eustis Estate project on behalf of Historic New England.
Wesley Ward
The Trustees of Reservations
Leominster, MA 
United States
Wes Ward, Vice President for Land Conservation for The Trustees of Reservations, has worked with the Trustees for 31 years, protecting thousands of acres of land, historic sites and landscapes. He holds degrees from Harvard University Kennedy School and from the University of Massachusetts.
Fri, 11/15: 7:30 AM  - 5:00 PM 
Field Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: NE Lobby Departure Area, Exhibit Level 
PDH Credits: 6.5 
Historic landscapes and architecture are at risk, particularly for extensive residential estates. This field session explores the character-defining features of several significant historic estates and the diverse preservation and management strategies for protecting these properties and their context while ensuring sustainable transitions to the future.

Learning Objective

1) Explore historic private and public properties designed by F.L. Olmsted, H.H. Richardson, and others.
2) Understand original landscape designs, their importance within their communities, and changes to the land over time.
3) Examine innovative strategies to preserve and manage the historic landscapes and architecture, ensuring their transition to the future.
4) Discover creative collaborations among private, institutional, and public entities to protect these properties.



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