Document Type



Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Thesis Advisor: Elaine B. Stiles


Historic Preservation Easements are a unique tool for preserving historic resources, with nonprofits holding easements having unique oversight over the resource. A dispute will arise between the property owner and easement holder if the easement's terms are violated, testing the effectiveness of the easement program. There is a lack of information regarding how the practices of non-profit easement holders inform the effective resolution of disputes and what these organization's experiences have been in addressing violations. This study surveyed easement managers around the United States to better understand how their organizations prepare for and respond to easement violations. It further collected data on the incidence of violations to assess the risks of operating an easement program. The study reveals a more complete picture of the long-term operations of preservation easement programs and makes recommendations for effective practices in key areas of easement stewardship.