PAUL MANSHIP #GloucesterMA historic artist home and studio milestone! STARFIELD property purchased and in the news

Read Gail McCarthy article “Local group buys, plans art residency for sculptors’ estate” from the Gloucester Daily Times.


American artist Paul Manship (1885–1966) was internationally renowned since the 1920s. He maintained multiple homes and studios: two in the Unites States (New York and Gloucester, MA); Paris; London; and three in Italy. This very special purchase–the only one in the world of a Manship property– Starfield, in the Lanesville section of Gloucester, MA, was made possible by the incredible generosity of the Manship heirs, YOU- Gloucester and MA residents (City of Gloucester & the Commonwealth of MA monies were allocated to this initiative), foundations, businesses and private donations. Congratulations to Rebecca Reynolds and all involved. Early supporters included: the City of Gloucester; Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (MassDevelopment in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council); the Boston Foundation; Essex County Community Foundation; McDonagh Family Foundation; Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Massachusetts Cultural Council; New England Biolabs Foundation; and Essex National Heritage.

Read more about the funding here

Now that the property is purchased, there will be ongoing fundraising to maintain the property and its mission.

If ever there was a forever endowment match sought, this prestigious Manship opportunity would be one to grab!

Follow this link to see rare, original art by Paul Manship, John Manship and Margaret Cassidy that was recently made available FOR SALE to help raise money for this endeavor. Join to support the cause by donating on line through the website, Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS). Eventually the historic property will be open to the public and community, and will support working artists.


There are more than 15,000 historic house museums across the county, and just a few that were artists’ home and studios. One of the most influential is the Pollock-Krasner house in East Hampton, Long Island, established in 1988.  A welcome recent addition is the Winslow Homer property in Portland, ME. Here’s hoping the Manship estate is a member on this Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios (HAHS) map soon. Currently, the Massachusetts sites include Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood in Stockbridge, and the Frelinghuysen Morris home in Lenox.

Historic Artists' homes & studios GOOGLE map



Summer 2009 Places that Matter Photo Contest

This Place...Celebrate the places that matter to YOU and be entered to win a digital camera!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Fireman’s Fund Insurance are proud to announce the start of the Summer 2009 Places that Matter Photo Contest. Submit photos of your favorite places — whether they’re national monuments or right in your own backyard — and be eligible to win one of three digital cameras.

Entering our contest is easy!

1.  Download our This Place Matters sign — or make one of your own!

2.  Take your photo in front of a place that matters to you.

3. Add it to our pool of places that matter across the country!

You may enter as many digital photos as you wish between now and Tuesday, September 15, 2009.  Ten photos will be selected as finalists, after which a public online vote will determine the final winners.

The photo with the most votes will win the grand prize of a Panasonic Lumix ZS3 digital camera! Each of two runners-up will receive a Panasonic Lumix ZS1 digital camera, and all three winners will also receive a Sandisk Extreme III 8GB SD memory card.

To enter one (or more!) images, visit our This Place Matters website and use our free photo upload tool.

Too often, places that matter to us can be lost in a heartbeat — sometimes even before we realize they will be missed. The best way to save a place that matters is to call attention to it and value it before it is endangered.

Thank you for all you do to showcase the places that matter — inspiring others to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to us all. And good luck!


The This Place Matters Team @ the National Trust for Historic Preservation

P.S. The competition is open to all photographers age 18 or older regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. Photo submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Please read the full rules before entering.

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Gloucester Adventure, Inc. was awarded a $6,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

June 3, 2009
Gloucester, MA

National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards Gloucester Adventure, Inc. A Preservation Grant from The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
Grant Will Go Toward Marine Architectural Services

Gloucester Adventure, Inc. was awarded a $6,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from its Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation. The seed grant funds will be used to to support marine architectural services needed to complete the restoration of the Schooner Adventure and obtain USCG Certification as a passenger vessel.

Specifically, funds will support development of final tonnage reduction plan, updating hull lines, inclining test, intact and damage stability analysis, and submissions to USCG.
“These funds provide the foundation for important preservation projects across the nation”, said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “These grants go toward protecting the places that tell our story and they often trigger other preservation projects, further bolstering efforts to protect America’s heritage.”

In 1994, the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation was created from a generous grant from the Favrot family in honor of the 80th birthday of Texas preservationist Johanna Favrot. The Johanna Favrot Fund fosters appreciation of America’s diverse cultural heritage, and preserves and revitalizes the livability of the nation’s communities by saving historic environments. The National Trust for Historic Preservation distributes a total of $50,000 annually from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation. Once a year, Favrot Fund grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 are awarded to nonprofit groups and public agencies. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar with public or private funds.

Still hope for the Schooner Adventure!



Thank you for taking the time to vote in our Greater Boston Partners in Preservation program. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check the website yet, the popular vote goes to the Carousel, which will receive its full grant request of $100,000 to restore its doors and windows, recreating a fitting home for this seaside gem.

Located on the South Shore of Boston, the Paragon Carousel wins the popular vote!

Don’t despair if your favorite project didn’t come in first, there is still a chance that your favorite project will be awarded a grant. In the second part of our effort to give away $1 million, our Advisory Committee will be making recommendations on the rest of the grant awards. Stay tuned for our June 16th announcement of all the additional grants.

But there are NO losers among our 25 participants in the Greater Boston Partners in Preservation program. Because YOU voted by the thousands, we were able to generate significant publicity for ALL 25 participants. That publicity has alerted hundreds of thousands of people to the plight of each and every one of these unique sites as well as how the community would benefit from saving them.

Time after time we have learned that once people realize what they can do to help save the special places that represent our shared heritage, they step up to be part of the solution.

So pat yourself on the back — your votes are helping not only to give away $1 million in Partners in Preservation grants, they have also helped galvanize local communities to finish the job started by the program!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and our Northeast Office, located in historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is proud to work with American Express to bring preservation grants to the Greater Boston area. For more than 30 years, the National Trust’s presence in Boston has allowed us to help the people of the Northeast protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. In recent years we have:

  • Worked with our Statewide Partner Preservation Massachusetts and other local advocates to identify a preservation-based approach to the adaptive re-use of the historic Ames Shovel Shop complex. The complex contains buildings, landscapes, sculpture, and stained glass by several renowned architects and artists and we will continue to push for re-use of this historic site.
  • Rescued famed architect H.H. Richardson’s home and studio in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2007, we responded to threats of demolition by including the 19th-century home on our 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Placement on the list generated national pressure to preserve the house, which resulted in a purchase by a preservation-minded buyer who is renovating it as a home for his family.
  • Worked with then City Councilor Thomas Menino in 1983 to bring our successful National Trust Main Street Four-Point Approach to Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood. By its third year, the program had accomplished 73 facade changes and 43 commercial building renovations. When Menino became Mayor in 1995, we expanded the operation to create the Boston Main Streets program which now includes 19 neighborhood commercial districts.
  • Shone a spotlight on several of the region’s sustainable historic rehabilitations, proving that the greenest building is one already built. Boston-area examples include Trinity Church, the J.W. McCormack Federal Courthouse, and the Cambridge City Hall Annex.

THANK YOU for helping protect and enhance all the sites
in the Greater Boston Partners in Preservation Program.

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Online votes could net funds for Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure

From the Beacon

From the Schooner Adventure website
Photo from the Schooner Adventure website

The Schooner Adventure, a historic schooner that is the last of the “Gloucesterman,” or the great Gloucester Grand Banks fishing schooners, is calling on its supporters and friends to vote for it as it competes for funding dollars from the Partnership in Preservation. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Gloucester Adventure one of 25 historic sites in Massachusetts that are eligible for part of $1 million in preservation grants. Click here to read more.