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*Formaly named POP Rescue Plan*


Historic Preservationists evaluate historic homes, their conditions and restoration options. We meet with owners, builders, architects, realtors and others. Once owners are educated on the historic assets of the structure, and restoration options, they will hopefully save and restore.


Meet Our Preservationist

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Richard Ventrone

Richard started his career in Washington, DC working on the complete documentation of The White House for the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), a division of the National Park Service dedicated to documenting America's historic architecture, he returned to his native Rhode Island in 1994 to develop a specialty in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects as well as transportation architecture. After working for more than a twelve years for what at the time was the largest firm in the state, he formed his own company in 2009. Richard's preservation work includes a specialty in the restoration of historic lighthouses and has consulted on and completing the restorations of several important Rhode Island beacons including; Plum Beach Light, Dutch Island Light, Sakonnet Light, Sandy Point Light, Rose Island Light, and the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island. His preservation work has been recognized with several preservation awards. After a great deal of self reflection about how he wanted to dedicate his skill-set after thirty years in the profession, Richard accepted the position of architect with the town of Barnstable, a thriving and historic community.

Frederick H. Ecker 

"Fred" possesses a unique background that bridges the fields of restoration, preservation and conservation. Throughout his 35-year-career, he has worked with a wide variety of administrators and owners of more than 300 historic properties. These include Federal, State, and Local agencies; non-profit organizations and museums; private foundations; and private individuals. His knowledge and expertise in the realm of historic preservation is well-recognized, and his work with board members, Federal, State, and Local officials, and private owners is highly regarded. His goal is to demonstrate that careful, thoughtful, conservative preservation and restoration, respecting the original sanctity of a building, can have a positive impact on a city, a community, a congregation, or a private individual. Mr. Ecker strives to work with and educate all parties, public and private, about the value of our architectural heritage and our role as its stewards. Past and current projects include such well-known historic structures as The White House (Washington, DC), Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA), the Green-Meldrim House (Savannah, GA), the Edith Wharton Estate (Lenox, MA), The Octagon Museum (Washington, D.C.), and Monticello (Charlottesville, VA).


We currently have a committee dedicated to gathering a summary of historic regulation options existing and not yet adopted per town on Cape Cod and the Islands. This committee is also addressing how to influence further application of protections.

Keep checking back for updates.


We are not just owners of these historic homes, we are caretakers. This takes a level of care and artisan skilled work in a particular craft with personal experience. The Restoration "Who Do You Call?" Resource Catalogue was created with your historic home's integrity in mind. 

If you are a historic home owner, or know a tradesperson that fits this description, we would love to add them to the Catalogue! 



What is a Pattern Book?

Pattern books are guides to the classic and varied architectural styles of an era and/or community. Their goal has been to present and explain the designs and building methods of previous generations. Pattern books of the early 1800s were printed to educate builders with limited architectural knowledge – in the hopes of continuing the architectural styles of our country.


Protect Our Past’s project of “A Pattern Book for Cape Cod” aims to encourage respect for, and preservation of, the Cape’s homes of the past.


The publication will provide images of structures from the Half Cape House to Greek Revival to Neo-Classical designs. It will be a guideline to building features of each design/era. Original floor plans that tell much about the historic uses of a house will be exhibited. A sample of each design will also have a story or two of the people who have lived in these homes. Much of the Cape’s history is embedded in its structures. A rope handrail on a steep stairway can open the door to the story of a sea captain who adventured around world.

Realtor Testimonial

"As a native Cape Codder and Realtor for 36 years, I have listed and sold many beloved historic homes. With new resources provided by Protect Our Past, such as their Historic Home Evaluation, I was able to have a professional Historic Preservationist evaluate the construction details, quality of the wood, original fixtures, and identify the original Georgian design of the fireplace mantels of my recent listing at 48 Salt Marsh Way, North Chatham, built circa 1780. Their education and knowledge for homeowners and Realtors is invaluable. I encourage all Realtors to go view their webpage to let them help you with resources for any antique house listing."

-Phyllis Nickerson Power, Realtor

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