[Video] Watch the #PastForward 2015 TrustLive Presentations

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


PF keynote r03 2015-10-28_MB2.003A month ago preservationists from around the country gathered in Washington, DC for PastForward 2015. As part of this conference, four marquee talks pushed, challenged, and engaged attendees on issues that are critical to the next fifty years of the preservation movement. Each of these issues transcend our work in saving places connecting our passion for history with broader conversations on who we are, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and neighborhood development.

We know that not everyone could be at the conference in person, so each of these talks are now available online. We hope that you'll take the time to listen to Stephanie K. Meeks on the past and future of historic preservation, absorb the lessons from Bryan Stevenson about creating a legacy that lifts up the American identity, be inspired by Mary Rowe and her talk about growing communities organically, and be engaged by Marion Mollegen McFadden's work in the federal sector.

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[Video] The Future of Preservation

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


fall2015Cover_smallIn May 2015, through the generosity of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the National Trust convened a group of people at Kykuit, in Pocantico Hills, New York, to talk about the future of preservation. The goal was to hear from people who work with old places but who do not necessarily consider themselves to be professional preservationists. At the end of the meeting we asked attendees "How can the field of historic preservation evolve in the next fifty years to support your work?" Their responses are below and can be summarized into four loose groupings: Livability, Democratization & Inclusion, Sustainability, and Partnerships.... Read More →

The Federal Historic Tax Credit in FY14: The Knapp’s Centre

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by Special Contributor No Comments


rutgersfy14coverBy Melani Hom

Sections of this post were adopted from the "Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit for FY2014."

For the past 37 years, the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices, has administered the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. Commonly referred to as the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC), the HTC is designed to not only preserve and rehabilitate historic buildings, but to also promote the economic revitalization of our nation’s cities and towns, along Main Streets, and in rural areas. Targeted to income-producing buildings, the HTC program is the largest and most effective federal incentive program specifically supporting historic preservation. Since inception, the NPS has certified the rehabilitation of 40,380 historic properties.

For the past five years Rutgers University and the National Park Service have collaborated on an annual report that uses the preservation economic impact model to determine impacts resulting from the Federal HTC program. Included in this report are state by state breakdowns of national economic and tax impacts of Federal HTC related investment along with case studies from the 2014 fiscal year.

This year’s report found that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, 762 completed historic rehabilitation projects were certified by the National Park Service, representing $4.32 billion in estimated rehabilitation costs that qualify for a 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit. Many of these projects involved buildings that were abandoned or underutilized and in need of substantial rehabilitation for their economic viability. One such project is the Knapp’s Centre.... Read More →