Bob was a trusted partner for more than 25 years. We shared a love of old buildings and finding innovative solutions for challenging developments. Bob's ability to understand our business objectives and respond with a strategic and creative approach is why we shared so many successes.
Larry Curtis, President + Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment
An exemplary leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Bob designed 50+ award-winning historic buildings. His work continues to be a hallmark of the firm’s practice since its inception in 1971. Under his direction, TAT built a foundation of “lifetime” clients, enabling the firm to grow from four to more than 90 strong. Bob was a graduate of the Boston Architectural College and was registered in 27 states.
As Founder, Bob was instrumental in the preservation of hundreds of historic structures including Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, Boott Mills, Livingston School, Counting House Lofts, and Building 114. His expertise was sought-out in areas beyond traditional design services, particularly real estate development, where he was revered for his strategic and creative approach to developing underutilized assets, revitalizing communities and waterfronts through innovative reuse, and his keen understanding of urban development and agency financing programs.
Preserving the architectural heritage of distinct architectural regions throughout the U.S. served as the foundation of Bob’s career. Bob proved that few historic buildings were too wide, too narrow or too specific for their original purpose to restore and adapt. He believed historic buildings were of too great importance to our identity and national diversity to be considered disposable. In 1988, Bob was personally honored by President Ronald Reagan with a National Historic Preservation Award for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Baker Chocolate Factory complex. The range of his work and unparalleled depth of experience in historic preservation earned him elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2012.