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Long live the chair. (photo courtesy of Patton Boggs)

Jonathan O’Connell is reporting that Historic Preservation Review Board chair Tersh Boasberg, who for the last ten years served as the guardian of D.C.’s architectural heritage, has stepped down pending the expiration of his term on July 21st. Before taking over HPRB, Boasberg chaired the Zoning Commission, and oversaw the rezoning of a huge swath of downtown. Last year, he retold the story with a distinct air of satisfaction. Housing Complex hopes Mr. Boasberg will be around to expound on matters of historical significance for many more years to come.

The new chair, Catherine Buell, is an attorney with Patton Boggs, where she counsels investors in real estate and private equity funds in the U.S., South America, and Europe. She also lives—or at least owns—a nice little house on Pleasant Street in Anacostia, which she purchased for $300,000 in 2007. Having graduated from Spelman College in 2001, she can’t be older than her mid-30s, and according to Facebook, is a fan of Mariah Carey.

UPDATE, Thursday 11:00 a.m. – An overlooked fact in the original post: Buell is in fact the HPRB’s first female chair! Housing Complex thinks that’s pretty awesome.

CORRECTION, June 14: Buell once owned the house at 1220 Pleasant Street, but sold it in May, which hadn’t been registered in property records as of the time of this posting. She actually lives at 1226 Pleasant Street, which she bought in 2005.