National Trust President Richard Moe To Retire

Richard Moe, second from left, receives the Vincent Scully Prize in December 2007. From left: Richard Schwarz, chair of the Vincent Scully Prize Jury; Moe; Vincent Scully; and Chase Rynd, president of the National Building Museum

Credit: National Building Museum

The president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richard Moe, announced today that he will retire next spring after 17 years as head of the organization.

Moe, 72, the seventh president of the National Trust, says that times have changed—for the better—since he began his tenure in 1993.

"The public's perception, appreciation, and support for historic preservation is growing all the time," he says. "The more work that is done, the more Main Streets that are revitalized ... the more support there is for historic preservation. The trendline here is very positive."

Under Moe, the National Trust led a successful fight against a Disney park in historic Virginia; bought and rescued Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House at auction; established a field office in New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina; and restored President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C. Moe was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in 2003 and four years later received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum.

Moe grew up in Duluth, Minn., and practiced law in Washington, D.C., where he also served as chief of staff to Vice President Walter Mondale and as a member of President Jimmy Carter's senior staff from 1977 to 1981.

"[Moe's] impact on the Trust—its focus, resources and leadership in the preservation movement—has been remarkable," says J. Clifford Hudson of Oklahoma City, chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's board. "His successor will join an organization and a movement greatly advanced through the talents of Dick Moe."

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