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Historic Preservation Review Board Tersh Boasberg Confirmation Resolution of 1999
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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Mr. Tersh Boasberg to the Historic Preservation Review Board.

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 1999".

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
(Ward 3)

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.



WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036-l872
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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 1990-9l, 1992-93).

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 Architecture. etc.

Fellow: Davenport College, Yale University (1985-); Secretary, Yale Class of 1956 (1981-91).

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 corporate practice.


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).

Recent Articles

"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 22, 1992)

"How to Save our Civil War Sites," Washington Post, Sunday Outlook (April 8, 1990).


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).


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 1988).

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 1989).

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 (November 1994).

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 (May 1996).

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).

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