|Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To confirm the appointment of Mr. Tersh Boasberg to the Historic Preservation Review
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited
as the "Historic Preservation Review Board Tersh Boasberg Confirmation Resolution of
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:
Mr. Tersh Boasberg
3136 Newark Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
as a public member of the Historic Preservation Review Board, established by section 4
of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978, effective March 3,
1979 (D.C. Law 2-144; D.C. Code §5-1003), completing the unexpired term of Gregory
McCarthy, which will end July 21, 2001.
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this
resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
LAW OFFICES OF
1800 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE N.W.
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036-l872
FACSIMILE (202) 828-2185
TELEPHONE (202) 628-4333
Yale University, B.A., Magna cum laude 1956
Harvard University, J.D.. 1959
1968 to Present
Senior Partner in own Washington D.C. law firm. Specialties: land use, historic
preservation, zoning, non-profit organizations, tax. housing and real estate law, public
and private dispute resolution, federal grant and loan programs, environmental litigation,
legal and government consulting. Past and present representative clients include: Brandy
Station Foundation, Save the Battlefield Coalition, (Manassas, VA), Kalorama Center, Inc.
(Washington, D.C.), On Common Ground (Loudoun County, VA growth management), Historic
Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Historic
Annapolis, Waterford (VA) Foundation, and many other civic, neighborhood, and community
groups. Also, counsel to the National Association of Community Action Agencies, and
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs.
Commissioner, District of Columbia Zoning Commission (1989-93), Chairman
Chairman, Committee of 100 on the Federal City ( 1996-), Trustee ( 1993-)
Trustee, National Building Museum, Washington D.C ( 1990-96)
Founder, Board Member, and past General Counsel, Preservation Action -- the
national grassroots preservation and conservation lobbying organization.
Founder, past Board Member and President, Cleveland Park Historical Society -Organizer
and attorney for third largest local and National Register residential and commercial
historic district in Washington. D.C.
Teaching: Seminar. Housing and Economic Development, Yale University
(1971-1972); Guest lecturer: Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Department of Architecture, George Washington University University of Virginia School of
Fellow: Davenport College, Yale University (1985-); Secretary, Yale Class of
1964 to 1968
United States Executive Office of the President. Office of Economic Opportunity,
Washington, D.C. Acting Director of Field Operations, Community Action Program
(1967-1968); Director of Special Projects, CAP (1966-1967); Interagency Relations/OEO
(1965-1966). Responsible for supervision and administration of multi-million dollar
nationally assisted local anti-poverty programs.
After OEO, I worked as a lawyer/consultant for local, state and national nonprofit
anti-poverty and minority groups in the fields of community economic development, rural
cooperative development, and housing. Representative clients included: North Florida
Manpower and Economic Development Corporation, Colonias del Valle (Brownsville, TX),
NorthEastern Oklahoma Community Development Corporation, National Association of Community
Action Agencies, and National Rural Development & Finance Corp.
1959 to 1964
Attorney, Heller. Ehrman. White & McAuliffe, San Francisco, CA. General
Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Outstanding Service Award
for saving the Brandy Station Battlefield (1997)
Piedmont Environmental Council, Environmental Conservation Award for
preservation of Virginia's Piedmont region and national heritage (1994).
National Preservation Honor Award for leadership from the National Trust for
Historic Preservation (1989).
Historic Preservation Law and Taxation, 3-volume treatise on historic
preservation law and related tax issues. Published by Matthew Bender (1986).
Introduction, A Handbook on Historic Preservation Law, published by the
Conservation Foundation and the National Center for Preservation Law (1984)
A Primer on Historic Preservation Law in Pennsylvania. National Center for
Preservation Law (1982).
"Saving Brandy Station -- an Uphill Battle" Cultural Resource Management,
Vol. 20, No: 5, Department of Interior, National Park Service (1997)
"A New Paradigm For Preservation," Past Meets Future, National Trust
for Historic Preservation (1992).
"History Bulldozed," Washington Post, Sunday Outlook, (March
"How to Save our Civil War Sites," Washington Post, Sunday Outlook (April
Consultant for the Mukti Fund, Key West, FL. Drafted a historic preservation/zoning
ordinance for Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies (May, 1992).
Member, U.S. Delegation, Conference on Preserving The Architectural Heritage, Ditchley
Foundation, Oxfordshire, England (January, 1993).
RECENT PUBLIC APPEARANCES (partial listing)
Seminar Leader: "Legal Problems and Pitfalls for Preservation Commissions,' Boston
Landmarks Commission retreat, Boston, MA (September 1987).
Speaker: "Growth Management in Northern Virginia," Annual Meeting,
Mid-Fauquier Association (June 1988) and Annual Meeting, Together for Loudoun County (July
Speaker: "Preservation and Growth Control in Washington's Neighborhoods,'
Smithsonian Institution, Resident Associates Program (September 1988).
Speaker: "Third Battle of Manassas'" U S Department of the Interior
Conference on Battlefield Preservation' Gettysburg, PA (November 1988)
Speaker: "Controlling Land Use Outside of Park Boundaries," National Park
Service Conference, Everglades National Park, FL (March 1989).
Speaker: "Strategies for Preservation and Historic Zoning in Montgomery
County," Conference sponsored by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. and the Maryland
Historical Trust, Kensington, MD (March 1989).
Speaker: "Easements, Planning and Historic Preservation," Virginia Department
of Historic Resources and Virginia Outdoors Foundation Conference, Richmond, VA (October
Speaker: "Building Constituencies -- Interpreting Military Resources,"
National Park Service Training Conference, Harpers Ferry, W. VA (May 1990)
Panelist: "Legal Aspects of Preserving Cultural Landscapes" with John Parsons
and Timothy Keller, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, San Diego,
CA (October 1990).
Speaker: "Improving the Zoning Process in Washington, D.C.," Washington Board
of Trade (November 1990).
Speaker: "Legal Aspects of the Modern Local Preservation Ordinance,"
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA (February 1991).
Speaker: "Key Legal Issues in Historic Preservation Law," Tulane Law School
Environmental Law Conference, New Orleans, LA (April 1991)
Speaker and Resource Person: "Legal Aspects of Urban Design," Mayors'
Institute on City Design, U.VA., Charlottesville, VA, sponsored by the National Endowment
for the Arts (April 1991 )
Lecture: "Preserving the Historic, Cultural and Environmental Resources of Brandy
Station, VA," University of Virginia School of Architecture (November 1991)
Speaker: "Planning, Zoning and Preservation in the Midst of the Virginia Property
Rights Movement," Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun County, VA (May 1 992).
Speaker: "Civil War Battlefields: Our Vanishing Legacy," the National Trust
for Historic Preservation, 46th Annual Conference, Miami, FL (October 1992).
Panel Moderator: "Property Rights and Urban Sprawl," Preservation Action
Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (March 1994).
Speaker Cultural Resource Management (re: Disney's America), National Park Service
Training Center, Grand Canyon, AZ (April, 1994).
Seminar: "Lessons in Regional Planning -- The Disney Experience," George
Washington University Graduate Program in Historic Preservation (October 1994).
Speaker: "Housing and Preservation in Downtown Washington," Maryland
Department of Housing and Community Development/Maryland Historic Trust, Easton, MD
Speaker: "The Legal Side of Battlefield Preservation," Cedar Creek
Reenactment, Middletown, VA (October 1995).
Speaker: "Historic Resources and Environmental Protection," College of Urban
Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware (April 1996).
Panel Moderator: "Zoning and Development: Necessary Evil or Traditional
Companions," Urban Forum at National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. (May 1996).
Speaker: Victory at Brandy Station," Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, VT
Panel Moderator: "Critical Choices for Planning in Washington", Washington
Architectural Foundation, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. (April 1997).
Seminar: "Urban Planning, Zoning and Preservation: The Cleveland Park
Experience", University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts (November 1997).
Seminar: "Downtown Washington -- Mixed Use or Mixed Up"` George Washington
University Graduate School on Preservation (December, 1998).