Within the Commonwealth’s 450,000 acres of State and Urban Parks are a number of unused, historically significant buildings. Over time, these properties have fallen prey to the elements and vandalism. The Historic Curatorship Program was established in to preserve these properties through a unique public-private partnership. Through the program, DCR partners with a Curator who agrees to rehabilitate, manage and maintain a historic property in return for a long-term lease. As a result, DCR secures the long-term preservation of threatened historic sites and Curators exchange their hard work and unique skills for the opportunity to live or work in a one-of-a-kind location.
Curators are selected through an open and competitive process and proposed reuses must be compatible with the historic and natural character of the park or forest. Proposals are evaluated according to the experience of the applicant, the quality of the reuse plan, proof of sufficient resources to undertake the project, and level of public benefit beyond providing biannual public access. Average lease terms range from 20 to 30 years.
Historic Curatorship Contact Information
Historic Curatorship Program
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway St.
Boston, MA 02114