The Evergreens Historic Restoration Study
Emily Dickinson Museum
1990-1993  Amherst, Massachusetts

As the home of the poet Emily Dickinson’s only brother Austin, and as one of the few unaltered villas remaining in Amherst, The Evergreens is of significant historic, literary, and architectural importance. In form as well as contents, The Evergreens is an important component in the Dickinson network, and an untouched record of events in one of Amherst’s most prominent families. The last inhabitant of the house, Mary Landis Hampson, established the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust in her will as a non-profit vehicle for the use of The Evergreens as an educational facility for Dickinson scholars and to assist in the general public appreciation of the Dickinson heritage. This Study was jointly funded by the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust (MDBT) and Historic Massachusetts,Inc. (HMI) as part of the HMI Endangered Properties Feasibility Study Program. This study examined how The Evergreens can be used to further the educational and cultural aims of the MDBT.

 

CLIENT TEAM
Gregory Farmer, Project Manager, the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust
William Steelman, Historic Massachusetts, Inc.
Masako Takeda, international Dickinson scholar
Daniel Lombardo, Curator of Special Collections at the Jones Library, Amherst
Carol Birtwhistle, Curator of the Dickinson Homestead, Amherst

STUDY TEAM
Gillen/Gray/O’Marah, Architects
Dennis Gray Project Architect
Development Cycles - Market Analysis
Ocmulgee Associates - Structural Engineer
Kohler & Lewis - Dickenson Scholars
Downing Engineering - System Engineers

 

STUDY OBJECTIVES
Assesses conditions in the building, and examine how The Evergreens can be used to further the educational and
cultural aims of the MDBT. The study falls into three main sections:
• Building Study: an assessment of the building, including historic overview, site conditions, structure, utilities, and
decorative condition.
• Market Study: an evaluation of potential audiences, exploration of viable uses and funding.
• Reuse Analysis: analysis and recommendations of how the building could be used and what work this would entail.

Dennis Gray Project Manager with the firm of Gillen and Gray