Polly Tice

Principal & Historic Research Section Director

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Experience and education meet the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for Architectural History.

Master of Science in Historic Preservation, with specialization in Urban Planning, Columbia University, 2003

Preservation Field School, University of Hawaii Manoa, 2001

Bachelors of Fine Arts, University of Hawaii Manoa, 1996


Polly has been with MASON since 2001.

Polly became interested in preservation while working at an architecture firm in East Hampton, NY, where one client’s estate encompassed an astonishing collection of 18th-century wood-frame buildings. Soon after, Polly received her M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and returned to to her hometown of Honolulu to work in the field that she loves.  Under Polly’s leadership, MASON’s Research Section has steadily grown over the past 15 years, providing historic consulting services to developers, design and engineering firms, planners and government agencies.

On weekends, Polly is most happy making art with her young children and encouraging their likeminded love for reusing all things historic.

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