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Eric Dray has over thirty years of experience in the preservation field, with a focus on local survey (Inventory), National Register nominations, and support for historic district and historical commissions and CPCs.  

Mr. Dray graduated with a B.A. in History from Brown University and has both a Masters in Historic Preservation and a Law Degree from Boston University. Mr. Dray also spent a year mid-career studying Urban Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. This educational background makes him uniquely qualified to provide a broad range of preservation planning services. 

Mr. Dray has extensive consulting experience with local communities including preparation of MHC Inventory Forms, National Register nominations, design review guidelines, and town-wide Preservation Plans and Survey Plans. Mr. Dray has also consulted with many Community Preservation Committees, including preparation of preservation restrictions. Prior to establishing his consulting business, Mr. Dray worked for six years as Historic District Administrator and Preservation Planner for the Boston Landmarks Commission. 

In addition to consulting, Mr. Dray was an Adjunct Professor in the Boston University Preservation Studies program from 2006-2013 where he taught preservation planning.

Mr. Dray's community work has also been extensive. In Provincetown, he was Chair of the Historic District Study Committee, where he successfully guided the drafting of the bylaw and guidelines and the public process towards adoption of a 1,500 property district in 2004. He served as a historic district commissioner in both Cambridge and Provincetown. He served as chair of the Provincetown Historical Commission for many years, and was the Vice-Chair for the Community Preservation Committee. 


As needed, Eric Dray has partnered with preservation consultant Gretchen Schuler and graphic designer Kathleen Branigan of dbb graphics. 

Gretchen Schuler has over 30 years of experience in the preservation field; her work has included writing historic resource surveys, National Register nominations, local historic district study reports and design review guidelines.

Kathleen Branigan was the graphic designer for the design review guidelines handbooks which Eric Dray prepared for the towns of Falmouth and Plymouth.


Sample Consultancies

  • Survey - MHC Building and Area Inventory Forms for Truro, Wellfleet, Chatham, Brewster, Falmouth, and Lincoln
  • National Register - Individual, district and cemetery nominations for Sandwich, Falmouth, Truro, and Watertown
  • Survey Plans and/or Preservation Plans for the towns of Brewster, Chatham, Wareham, Carver and Randolph
  • Community Preservation Committee assistance to the towns of Brewster, Falmouth, Eastham, Wareham, Orleans, Weston and Somerville
  • Design Review Guidelines for Hamilton, Falmouth and Plymouth's local historic districts

Professional Affiliations and Town Board Activities

  • Council of Advisors, Historic Boston, Inc. (2015-present)
  • Chair, Provincetown Historical Commission (2005-14)
  • Vice-Chair, Provincetown Community Preservation Committee (2005-6, 2009-14)
  • Member, Provincetown Historic District Commission (2004-2006)
  • Chair, Provincetown Historic District Study Committee (1999-2003)
  • President, Board of Directors, Meeting House Restoration Committee, (1998-ongoing)
  • Member, Boston University Preservation Studies Advisory Council (2002-3)
  • Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission, Alternate (1998-99)
  • Preservation Massachusetts' Top Ten Most Endangered List Selection Committee (2007,9) 
  • Forum Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Member, National Association of Preservation Commissions
  • Member, Preservation Massachusetts


Robert Keuhn Award, People's Choice Award, Rehabilitation of Martha's Vineyard Museum, Mr. Dray served as preservation consultant to the architects, Oudens Ello

Preservation Massachusetts
Profile in Preservation Honoree, 2010

Joseph Tauro Scholar, BU School of Law

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