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Historic Curatorship Program

A public-private historic preservation program that offers the opportunity for outside parties to lease unique historic houses and buildings in return for sweat equity and rehabilitation work

DCR's Historic Curatorship Program


Under this program, DCR partners with Curators to rehabilitate, manage and maintain unused, historic properties 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.

See the information links below to learn more about the program or find out if you might be DCR's next Curator.

Selection of Curatorship property images


**DCR announces newest Curatorship**

Welcome Architectural Heritage Foundation 

Curators for the 1899 Charles River Speedway Administration Building - Brighton

Speedway Admin Bldg - early 20th c.
Speedway Admin Bldg - early 20th c.

Learn about this exciting public-private preservation project :



Seeking Expressions of Interest for 2 properties statewide

DCR is seeking Expressions of Interested from parties curious about the opportunity to rehabilitate, manage and maintain these two unique historic properties.  Click here to learn more.

2 properties - RFEI
Lake Wyola Farmhouse, Shutesbury, MA (left) and former Superintendent's House, Beartown State Forest, Monterey (right)