Capitol Hill Historic District sign. Photo: Maygene Daniels

A Preservation Success Story: Compatibility and Economic Growth in Washington's Historic Districts

November 20, 2012
The November 20, 2012, Overbeck History Lecture featured an illustrated talk by Tersh Boasberg, based on his 11-year tenure as chairman of the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

Looking at designation and design review in Washington’s historic districts, Boasberg presented numerous examples from the past decade where economic development was allowed to go forward while maintaining the visual integrity of historic structures.

A noted author and professor of preservation law, Boasberg is past president and a founder of the Cleveland Park Historical Society, which successfully preserved the third largest historic district in the city. He also is a former chair of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, a past trustee of the National Building Museum, and a past president of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington. As counsel to the Brandy Station Foundation in Culpeper County, Virginia, he led the nine-year legal fight which preserved over 1,500 pristine acres at the site of the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War, and was also attorney for the conservation groups in the Virginia Piedmont that stopped the proposed Disney theme park at Manassas.

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