Preservation Resources

Local Preservation and Cultural Links

American Antiquarian Society.............................................. www.americanantiquarian.org
City of Worcester............................................................... www.worcesterma.gov
Higgins Armory Museum..................................................... www.higgins.org
Massachusetts National Guard Museum and Archives............. http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/
Worcester Cultural Coalition................................................ www.worcestermass.org/culture
Worcester District Registry of Deeds.................................... www.worcesterdeeds.com
Worcester Historical Museum............................................... www.worcesterhistory.org
Worcester Public Library..................................................... www.worcpublib.org

State Preservation and Cultural Links

Community Preservation Coalition........................................ www.communitypreservation.org
Historic New England (formerly SPNEA: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities)............................... www.historicnewengland.org
Preservation Mass............................................................... www.preservationmass.org
Massachusetts Archives....................................................... www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/
Massachusetts Cultural Council............................................

Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System............
www.massculturalcouncil.org

http://mhc-macris.net
Massachusetts Historic Commission...................................... www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/
The Trustees of Reservations............................................... www.thetrustees.org

National Preservation and Cultural Links

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.............................. www.achp.gov
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)........................... www.cr.nps.gov/hdp/habs
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)........................ www.cr.nps.gov/hdp/haer
Heritage Preservation.......................................................... www.heritagepreservation.org
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions...................... http://www.uga.edu/napc/
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)............................................................................. www.ncptt.nps.gov
National Council for Preservation Education........................... www.uvm.edu/histpres/ncpe/
National Park Service.......................................................... www.nps.gov
National Preservation Institute............................................. www.npi.org
National Register of Historic Places....................................... www.cr.nps.gov/nr/
National Trust for Historic Preservation................................. www.preservationnation.org
Partners for Sacred Places................................................... www.sacredplaces.org
Preservation Action............................................................. www.preservationaction.org
Preserve America............................................................... www.preserveamerica.gov
PreserveNet....................................................................... www.preservenet.cornell.edu
Preservation Briefs (technical information for restoration work on historic buildings)........................................................... www.nps.gov/hps/TPS/briefs/presbhom.htm
Preservation Directory........................................................ www.preservationdirectory.com
Save America's Treasures................................................... www.saveamericastreasures.org
Save Our History................................................................ www.saveourhistory.com
Society of Architectural Historians........................................ www.sah.org
Teaching with Historic Places................................................ www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/
Traditional Building: The Professional's Source for Public Architecture....................................................................... www.traditional-building.com
Trust for Public Land........................................................... www.tpl.org
Vernacular Architecture Forum............................................. www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org

 

Preservation Funding & Incentives

Local and State

  • Preservation Worcester's Janet McCorison Revolving Fund Loan Program

PW offers a low-interest loan program for restoration/renovation of historic properties in designated historic districts in Worcester.  Loans are available up to $25,000 for approved exterior restoration/renovations of owner-occupied structures.  Call Preservation Worcester for more information or to apply, 508-754-8760.

A certified rehabilitation project on an income-producing property is eligible to receive up to 20% of the cost of certified rehabilitation expenditures in state tax credits.

The Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund is a state-funded 50% reimbursable matching grant program established in 1984 to support the preservation of properties, landscapes, and sites (cultural resources) listed on the State Register of Historic Places.  Applicants must be a municipality or a non-profit organization. 

National

20% federal tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of certified historic structures, rehabilitated for commercial, industrial, agricultural, or rental residential purposes.  Tax credits are not available for properties used exclusively as the owner’s private residence.

10% federal tax credit for the rehabilitation of non-historic, non-residential buildings built before 1936.

The National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) makes equity investments in real estate projects that qualify for federal and state historic tax credits in all 50 states. 

The Section 203(k) mortgage program is the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties.  It is an important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization and for expanding home ownership opportunities.

Preservation Resources & Law

City of Worcester: Historical Commission, Local by-laws, State Statutes & Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

The above is a link to a PDF file of the City of Worcester's Historical Commission and local by-laws as well as related state and national information.

Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places

The State Register of Historic Places was established in 1982 as a comprehensive listing of the buildings, structures, objects, and sites that have received designations based on their historical or archaeological significance.  Since its establishment, the State Register has added listings for over 60,000 properties in 312 cities and towns.

National Historic Landmarks 

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

Federal historic preservation legislation which was enacted in 1966 in response to widespread concern at the loss of historic properties due to the rise of government sponsored public works projects.  The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 is at the center of historic preservation policy in the United States.  The Act also created the National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic Landmarks, the positions of State Historic Preservation Officers and the process of Section 106 Review to ensure continued preservation of historic sites. 

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.  Under federal law, owners of private property listed on the National Register are free to maintain, manage, or dispose of their property as they choose provided that there is no Federal involvement or funding.

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Section 106 Review

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties and afford the Council a reasonable opportunity to comment on such undertakings.  The goal is to identify historic properties potentially affected by an undertaking (funded partially or completely by federal funding), assess its effects and seek ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects on historic properties.

Green Initiative and Sustainability

Sustainability and Weatherization

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Nation website offers extensive information on various weatherization and sustainability issues.

RE-SIDING:
Click here to download a copy of Preservation Worcester's brochure that discusses the facts and myths you should consider before you make any decision to re-side your home.

ROOFING:
http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/roofing/

WOOD WINDOWS:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has an extensive section on wood windows: 
http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/windows/

 Included on this link are the following and much more:

  A brief list of reasons to repair wood windows

This tip sheet provides helpful information on evaluating and repairing your wood windows  

INSULATION: 
http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/insulation/

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS:
http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/mechanical-systems/

ENERGY AUDITS: 
http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/audits/

ADDITIONAL LINKS ON WINDOW REPAIR:
Crouch, James, Top Myths About Replacement Windows
Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office
http://www.ncshpo.org/current/pdfinitiatives/SHPO%20windows%20proof.pdf

Green Home Tips from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Includes tip sheets on Historic Wood Windows, making your building energy efficient, and a Green Guide for Traditionally-Constructed Homes.

Interesting Preservation Articles

There's A Difference! A publication from the Massachusetts Historical Commission which clarifies the differences between Local Historic Districts and National Register Districts.

 

 

 

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