Preservation Briefs

The National Park Service (NPS) provides technical assistance through various types of publications that can be found on their website. They provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. The publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. 

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of our country’s historic buildings, districts, sites, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. It was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is overseen by the National Park Service. The National Register recognizes more than 90,000 properties for their significance in:

  • American History
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Engineering

National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT)

NCPTT helps preservationists find tools, materials, and approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections.  They apply scientific and technological practices to issues in cultural resources management. More information can be found on their website.

Tax Incentives

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It creates jobs and is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs.  The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices.

Preservation or Conservation Easements

A historic preservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement, typically in the form of a deed, which permanently protects a significant historic property. Since it is a perpetual easement, an owner is assured that the property’s historic character will be preserved. In addition, an owner who donates a historic preservation easement may be eligible for one or more forms of tax benefits.

Important Resources

Disaster Planning & Mitigation for Historic Resources

Recently, there has been a focus on incorporating disaster preparedness and historic preservation, as recent weather events have seen the destruction of many historic and cultural resources. Multiple documents have been published by the National Park Service, the Florida Division of Historical Resources, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.