The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation

Boston Preservation Alliance Forum 2014

Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 PM

Tickets: Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

While most Bostonians recognize the essential role that historic character plays in the city's self-definition, draw to tourists, and overall feel of the city, the tremendous positive economic benefit of our historic resources are under-recognized.

Join a panel of experts to discuss the many ways the creative use of historic places has and can be an even greater boon to Boston's economy. We will look at specific examples, real numbers, successes and challenges and draw on national and international cases to inform a vigorous discussion.

Keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema is a recognized leader in the economics of preserving historic structures in the U.S. and abroad (

He will be joined by panelists: Lawrence Curtis, President and Managing Partner of Winn Development, a major national developer with deep experience in historic redevelopment; Rebecca Lee, Partner at the law firm of Edwards Wildman Palmer who has extensive experience on legal preservation issues and is also former Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority; and Jerold Kayden, the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who is principal constitutional counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has extensive national and international experience in urban planning and land development.