Section 110 and the Spirit of Stewardship

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by Special Contributor No Comments


By Katry Harris, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

As we approach the 50-year mark of the enactment of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Preservation Leadership Forum has enlisted the help of preservation practitioners to take a close look at how the NHPA is used to protect historic places. Earlier this year we took a look at Section 106, and are now covering Section 110, a provision that requires federal agencies to establish a historic preservation program for the identification and protection of historic properties under their direct control or ownership. In this final post in the series, Katry Harris from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation looks at Section 110 and stewardship.

It shall be the policy of the federal government, in cooperation with other nations and in partnership with the States, local governments, Indian tribes, and private organizations and individuals to …(3) administer federally owned, administered, or controlled prehistoric and historic resources in a spirit of stewardship for the inspiration and benefit of present and future generations… (54 U.S.C. § 300101(3))

2015-section3-reportSince the addition, in 1980, of the Section 110 requirements to the National Historic Preservation Act, federal agencies have made significant progress in creating a culture of stewardship, reflecting the policy established in the Act, for historic properties under their control and those in non-federal ownership but affected by their undertakings. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) maintains a current list of Federal Preservation Officers providing contact information for 14 departments and some 65 agencies. These dedicated historic preservationists work tirelessly to improve their agency’s knowledge of historic properties, train key staff, and implement procedures for considering the effects of their undertakings in all their program areas on historic properties. Their efforts, when supported at the highest level of agency leadership by Senior Policy Officials, have been successful in improving preservation outcomes.... Read More →

Protecting Savannah’s Modernist Legacy

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by Special Contributor No Comments


1964 Savannah Pharmacy, National Register Nomination, Building Demolished | Photo by Charlie Miller

1964 Savannah Pharmacy, National Register Nomination, Building Demolished | Photo by Charlie Miller

By: Rebecca Fenwick

Savannah boasts one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country and more than 350 properties protected and saved by the Historic Savannah Foundation’s Revolving Fund. Visitors flock to the city to see the antebellum riverfront buildings, historic squares, and Romantic and Victorian house museums. Yet since moving to Savannah two years ago, I have been shocked by the number of historic buildings demolished. To my even greater dismay, these buildings have been some of the city’s finest examples of modernist architecture.

As you could imagine, Savannah is full of preservation pioneers and folks that have had the foresight to retain the city’s historic character. Yet, not everyone shares this preservation ethos, especially those who seek to profit from the demolition of these buildings and those who grant them permission to do so.... Read More →

Why Do Old Places Matter? A Smart Growth Webinar

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff 1 Comment


00_29.3Cover_smallIn this webinar, sponsored by the Smart Growth Network, three international historic preservation experts - Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics and president of Heritage Strategies International, and Mike Powesenior research manager, Preservation Green Lab, NTHP - examine the fundamental and pragmatic reasons that old places are good for people. They discuss how old places give people a sense of continuity and identity, fill their lives with beauty, creativity, lifelong learning, and foster community, and in turn, how these seemingly intangible elements make a powerful contribution to smart growth’s goals of community revitalization, sustainability and economic development.

This webinar was inspired in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) series of essays and the Spring 2015 issue of Forum Journal* exploring the role that historic places play in everyday life. Short on time? View this Exposure presentation which illustrates and highlights key points from the series.... Read More →