Preserving Landmarks is Key to Our Mission
Preserving landmark buildings is central to our mission, and preservation is local. Places that have endured in our communities — civic buildings, schools, commercial blocks and industrial complexes — are a reflection of our history and culture. We strive to provide advice on the best methods and materials to rehabilitate buildings and to adapt them for new uses in our communities, to connect people with sources of funding to make rehab projects possible, and to advocate for progressive public policies that reward smart growth, respect our heritage and promote sustainability.
In this section, you will find information and resources to help you maintain and rehabilitate your historic building, to restore character-defining features, and to find specialized products. Both the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation publish materials on a variety of preservation-related subjects. There are also economic incentives available to help rehabilitate income-producing historic properties — tax credits, easements, and local programs.
Finally, this section addresses our advocacy priorities and gives advice on getting organized at the local level to protect historic resources. Protecting of our history means more than carrying a placard and protesting the demolition of a structure when it is too late. It is our to build bridges, to be a resource, and to educate and inform through publications, workshops, and advocacy efforts.