Back to news OCTOBER 20, 2020

MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC (MHA) recently acquired the historic tax credit practice of Maine-based Sutherland Conservation & Consulting (SCC). While Amy Cole Ives, SCC founder and president, will continue her architectural conservation practice as Sutherland Conservation & Consulting, Scott Hanson, formerly of SCC, has joined the MHA Boston team as a Senior Associate and will service current and future projects in Maine and other locations in the Northeast. Prior to the acquisition, Scott has partnered with MHA to manage the historic tax credit consulting for several public housing projects currently underway.

“We are excited to have reached an agreement with Sutherland to acquire the historic consulting component of their business,” said Albert Rex, MHA CEO and partner. “I have known Amy for a long time and have always appreciated the work her firm has done. Through our partnership with Sutherland on two large projects for the Portland Housing Authority, we have had the opportunity to work closely with Scott Hanson and see the quality of his work in all aspects of historic tax credits. This is a great opportunity for MHA to further expand its footprint in New England while also welcoming one of the most experienced players in Maine historic tax credits to our team.”

Kim Smith Barnett, MHA Boston Director, notes the added proficiency this acquisition brings to the office. “We are thrilled to welcome Scott Hanson to our Boston team of architectural historians and historic tax credit consultants. MHA has collaborated with Scott for the past year on several Maine projects, and his project leadership, expertise, and personality won us over from day one.”

About Scott Hanson

Scott Hanson is a senior associate in Boston, working from Maine. His work includes preparing state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit applications, National Register nominations, and preservation consulting services for museums and institutions.

As an Architectural Historian and Director of Historic Preservation Consulting Services for Sutherland Conservation & Consulting in Maine from 2010 to 2020, Scott worked on more than 50 historic tax credit projects, wrote or co-wrote 28 National Register nominations, and researched and wrote 17 Maine Historic Building Record documentation reports. He prepared successful National Park Service certifications for local historic districts in Portland, Maine, and New York City. From 2005-2010, he was Preservation Planner for the City of Portland, Maine.

Scott’s best-selling book, Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners, won the 2020 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance “Excellence in Publishing” award. Previously, he co-authored two books, The Architecture of Cushing's Island and Homes Down East, Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses, with Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

Scott studied at Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design and has utilized his background in design, architectural history, and restoration carpentry in a wide variety of positions. He received a Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation and a Greater Portland Landmarks Preservation Award for his work with the City of Portland's historic preservation program. His projects with Sutherland Conservation & Consulting won numerous Maine Preservation Honor Awards.

Learn more about the continuing work of Sutherland Conservation & Consulting here.