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Historic preservation for the enhancement of your community


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Historic preservation for the enhancement of your community

  1. 1. Preservation Planning in Your Communities
  2. 2. Topics for Discussion     Conducting Historic Surveys: Identifying/Assessing Historic and National Register Properties National Register of Historic Places Local Historic Zoning Historic Preservation Grants
  3. 3. I. Historic Surveys     Foundation of Historic Preservation Creates Inventory of Historic Assets Identifies Potential National Register Properties Assists with the Promotion of Heritage Tourism
  4. 4. II. National Register of Historic Places  The National Register is the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture.
  5. 5. National Register Properties/Historic Districts  To be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, a property must meet one of the following 4 criterion:
  6. 6. A. Association with Historic Events/People  Civil War  Transportation
  7. 7. B. Association with Important People  Chief John Ross  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. 8. C. Distinctive Design or Physical Features   Queen Anne Craftsman Style Home
  9. 9. D. Potential to Provide Important Information about History or Prehistory  Archaeology
  10. 10. Benefits/Consequences of National Register listed properties:     Buildings may be protected by adverse effects of federally funded projects Tax incentives for rehabilitation of an incomeproducing property (20%) Properties may be eligible for grants through the National Park Service, Tennessee Historical Commission, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Provides no control against private demolition or inappropriate alterations
  11. 11. III. Local Historic Zoning   Preserves a Sense of Place Maintains the architectural character of a structure
  12. 12. What is Historic Zoning?   A process for preserving the historic character and sense of place in your community. State enabling legislation for historic zoning is found in Tennessee Code Annotated Chapter 13, Title 7, Part 4
  13. 13. What is a Historic District?  A significant concentration of buildings, structures, sites, spaces with similar setting, type, design, method of construction, etc.
  14. 14. Local Historic Landmarks/Districts    Established by local ordinance under City Council or County Commission authority Provides more protection to the building/s Design Review Guidelines
  15. 15. Advantages of Local Historic Designation     Protects architectural and visual character of an area Protects integrity of buildings and cohesiveness of the area according to the review guidelines Creates a sense of neighborhood and community pride May positively affect the property value
  16. 16. IV. Historic Preservation Grants     Historic Preservation Fund Grant Funded through the National Park Service and administered in the state of Tennessee by the Tennessee Historical Commission September 1 deadline for submission Grants typically are awarded in the Spring
  17. 17. Who May Apply?     Local government body: city, county Private organization: 501 (c) (3) Educational Institution Individual*
  18. 18. What may be funded?   Survey & Planning Projects: County/City Historic Surveys, National Register nominations, Local Preservation Planning studies, Design Review Guidelines for local historic districts, educating the general public about historic resources and preservation, funding for historic preservation commissions Acquisition and Development Projects: acquisition or restoration of National Register properties
  19. 19. Federal Funding    The federal grant will pay up to 60% of the total project cost after the project is approved. Grants are administered on a reimbursement basis. 40% grant match may be cash or donated goods/services.
  20. 20. National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants     Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors Preservation Services Fund Dollar for dollar match: 50/50
  21. 21. Eligible Applicants    Government Agencies Non-profit organizations Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project involves a National Historic Landmark
  22. 22. Eligible Expenses     Fees for consultant services and research assistance (i.e. feasibility studies, heritage education programs) Speaker costs and room rental for conferences Material and services such as printing, photographs, telephone, and supplies Mailing costs for distribution of project materials
  23. 23. V. Preservation Planner Contact Information Southeast Tenn. Development District Paul Archambault (423) 424- 4266 Website:
  24. 24. East Tennessee Development District Donna Emerson (865) 273-6003 Website:
  25. 25. Upper Cumberland Development District Randy Williams (931) 432-4111 Website:
  26. 26. Southwest TN Development District Renee Tavares (731) 668-6420 Website:
  27. 27. Greater Nashville Regional Council Tonya Blades (615) 882-8857 Website:
  28. 28. Questions and Comments