PreservationBasics: Preservation Revolving Funds

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


FJ_FALL_14_CoverSmallThis online guide is based on the National Trust publication, Preservation Revolving Funds, first published in 1993 and updated in 2006. Updated again for the recent Forum Journal "Get Real About Real Estate," this enhanced journal content provides a primer on preservation revolving funds and explains how preservation organizations can take advantage of this powerful tool for saving places. The guide, which is available for non-members and members, can be viewed below and downloaded from the Slideshare.

To access the entire Forum Journal you must be a member of Preservation Leadership Forum. In addition to the in-depth research provided in the quarterly journal, membership benefits also include discounts on conferences and training, analysis of current issues in Forum Focus, topic-specific Affinity Groups for exchange with other preservationists, and much more.

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National Alliance of Preservation Commissions: Paige Pollard

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Elizabeth Byrd Wood 1 Comment


Credit: Paige Pollard

Paige Pollard is the new executive director for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Credit: Paige Pollard

One month into her job, Paige Pollard, the new executive director of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), has not only managed to move 30 years’ worth of files from NAPC’s former offices at the University of Georgia to the organization’s new office in Norfolk, Virginia, but she is also hard at work planning for the future.

Pollard brings a wealth of expertise to her new position. A former NAPC board member, she holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia and runs her own consulting firm, Commonwealth Preservation Group.

In a recent interview with Forum staff, she spoke enthusiastically about working with the NAPC board to expand the education and outreach programs of the 30-year-old organization. She notes that today’s preservation commissions are facing an ever-widening range of challenges in carrying out their duties. For instance, preservation commissions now have to grapple with the effects of rising sea levels on historic resources—a problem especially for Eastern Seaboard cities such as Norfolk. But, she adds, “Commissions across the country need to look at their current practices related the impacts of climate change.” ... Read More →


The Owl Bar in Baltimore’s Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood has great historic character and charm. It is located in a building constructed in 1903. | Credit: Travis S., Flickr, CC by-NC 2.0 license.

The Owl Bar in Baltimore’s Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood has great historic character and charm. It is located in a building constructed in 1903. | Credit: Travis S., Flickr, CC by-NC 2.0 license.

In Older, Smaller, Better, the Preservation Green Lab leveraged Big Data to show what an important role older, smaller buildings play in making great neighborhoods. In our newest report, Retrofitting Philadelphia, we used additional data to highlight areas in the City of Brotherly Love that could benefit most from policy attention and investment in building reuse. Next month, we’ll release a new report highlighting opportunities to strengthen building reuse efforts in Baltimore. Even as we produce these new reports, we continue to look for new datasets and new questions to quickly explore. In recent weeks, we have been collecting and analyzing new data on cultural spaces and top-ranked restaurants and bars. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve found so far.

Top Restaurants and Bars

All across the country, you can find incredible historic bars and restaurants. PreservationNation bloggers Julia Rocchi, Katherine Flynn, David Robert Weible, and others have been highlighting  some of the country’s most exceptional historic watering holes. As Ric Cochrane pointed out in an earlier PreservationNation post, old buildings and good food go together like hot pizza and cold beer. At the Preservation Green Lab, we decided to take a look at the some basic data on the buildings and city blocks that house these fine establishments.... Read More →