While local historic districts are a popular tool for preservation, they are not always successful. Local historical commissions and other local groups interested in protecting historic resources can find far more success through a balanced approach that is unique to their community and based on a wide range of effective tools.
That was among the key points made at a May 23 lecture sponsored by the Cape Cod Commission, Massachusetts Historical Commission and Brewster Historical Commission.
Chris Skelly, Director Of Local Government Programs, Massachusetts Historical Commission, gave a presentation entitled Historic Preservation With Or Without A Local Historic District at at the Brewster Ladies Library.
The presentation explained both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to historic preservation typically used at the local level.
This lecture highlighted the benefits of a realistic, cooperative, go-slow approach.
Sarah Korjeff, Preservation Specialist at the Cape Cod Commission, gave a second presentation, Recent Preservation Efforts On Cape Cod. A handout highlighting the Cape’s inventory of historic homes provided a town-by-town look at the age of buildings based on town assessing data and those inventoried by the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System.