As Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Architectural Heritage Foundation, Roger Webb sets the tone for the company's unique combination of practical business sense and preservationist ideals. His work enabled several projects that helped to spur the preservation movement in Boston. Roger founded AHF in 1966 to work on feasibility studies for the adaptive reuse of the Quincy Markets, and his financial model paved the way for the successful redevelopment of the buildings. Then in 1968, he submitted an innovative plan to redevelop Old City Hall, and the building reopened in 1969 featuring first class office space and a fine French restaurant on the ground floor. AHF's continued success at Old City Hall demonstrates that adaptive reuse combined with responsible stewardship can be beneficial for both the developer and the city. In 1976, Roger helped to create the Architectural Conservation Trust, a revolving fund for preservation and redevelopment projects across Massachusetts, which ultimately evolved into Preservation Mass, the statewide advocacy group for historic preservation. Roger has retired from the day-to-day work of AHF but continues to be an inspirational presence around the office.
Roger has been recognized locally and nationally for his influence on the development of the preservation movement in Boston and Massachusetts: The Boston Society of Architects recognized the redevelopment of Old City Hall in 1973. Roger was awarded the National Preservation Honor Award in 1990 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission with the Lifetime Achievement Preservation Award in 1998. Most recently, Roger was awarded the Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation by the Boston Preservation Alliance in September 2003