Walter Beinecke, Jr., a wealthy businessman from New York, first visited the island of Nantucket off the southern shore of Massachusetts a century ago for respite from an ear infection. Subsequently he set in motion a program of historic preservation—and what today would be known as gentrification—to make the island attractive to wealthy tourists. Beinecke also was responsible for founding one of the earliest university programs in historic preservation at the University of Florida. UF has run an annual field program in historic preservation on the island for more than 40 years.
By Robert Cocuzzo
July 1, 2016