historic preservation

John Phelan

   Plans to redevelop an historic downtown theater in Springfield, Massachusetts have received a financial boost.  Meanwhile, cost estimates have soared for a dormant theater restoration in another western Massachusetts city.  


The $95 million restoration of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts has won an award for historic preservation.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City of Amsterdam has gotten a financial boost to study the potential recreation opportunities around a set of historic buildings. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports leaders want to showcase the industrial history of the Montgomery County city by preserving a piece its past.

A group of volunteers in the Saratoga County village of Corinth is looking save an historic school building on Main Street. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the advocates are holding an informational meeting this weekend.

        Voters in several cities including Pittsfield, Holyoke, Springfield and Boston approved referendums last November to adopt the Community Preservation Act. 

       It puts a surcharge on property tax bills to create a fund to pay for historic preservation, open space and affordable housing projects. 

      Now, the process of actually implementing the CPA is underway. 

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Robert McCarroll, who headed the citizen committee that advocated for the CPA in Springfield.


  No developer has stepped forward yet with an offer to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts. But late today, the deadline to put in a bid was extended.

Courtesy of Save the John Green House

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced that 22 properties have been recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Four are in the Hudson Valley.

Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French.

Its 38th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016, featuring 24 works by 12 internationally recognized glass artists. The exhibition, curated by Jim Schantz of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass, will be on view daily until September 18.

We are joined by Donna Hassler, the Executive Director of Chesterwood, Jim Schantz from Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass, and artist Tom Patti.  

HV Locales Are Recommended As Historic Places

Jul 29, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 27 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. A few locales in the Hudson Valley are on the list.


State and local officials gathered today at the construction site of the MGM casino in Springfield to mark a milestone in the project, the relocation of a 129-year-old church.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The community group intent on saving a shuttered Pittsfield church once slated for demolition is hosting a panel discussion Tuesday featuring the head of a national group that focuses on repurposing former places of worship.


New York state is getting $20,000 to support the conservation and digitization of Colonial-era documents that were burned in the 1911 fire at the State Capitol. 

The money, gifted by AT&T will go to digital preservation of records  dating back three centuries were damaged or destroyed when a fire broke out inside the Capitol on March 29, 1911.

AT&T’s New York President Marissa Shorenstein:   “We’re proud to be able to support the New York State archives to ensure that these documents are preserved for future generations.”

Jim Levulis / WAMC

A group dedicated to saving a shuttered Pittsfield church once slated for demolition recently got a look inside the deteriorating cathedral.

In cities across the country, many churches sit dormant, falling into disrepair and losing their status as a central gathering place for the community. So one couple decided to do something about that.

New Haven Colony Historical Society and Adams National Historic Site

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Historical Society has purchased a collection of letters written in the 1830s and 1840s by a woman describing the lives of the African captives from the slave ship Amistad.

The society paid $66,000 Tuesday for the letters written by Charlotte Cowles, whose abolitionist family took in one of the former Amistad captives.

Cowles described a captive showing her where she was burned on her shoulder with a red-hot pipe in Africa and her interactions with the leader of the captives.


An inner city neighborhood once lost to blight and crime has undergone a transformation that officials believe could serve as a model  for the entire country.  The neighborhood revitalization  in Springfield Massachusetts required substantial public financing, without which officials insist it could not have happened.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.