How to Save an Historic Building

Posted By on July 18, 2013

Is there an historic building in your community in danger of being demolished? If so, there are steps you can take. Once a building is saved, there are many reputable restoration services available that can help return a building to its original glory. However, before a building can be restored it must be saved. Here’s what you can do to help make that happen:

  • Determine the local cultural heritage status of the building. To do this, contact your local state historic preservation office or planning department. The good news is you don’t have to be the owner of the property to do apply for a local historical designation if one is needed. The bad news is if the owner of the property objects, you probably won’t be able to get that designation. However, if all goes well and the owner agrees to it, a local designation will buy you about half a year to work on getting a national designation.
  • Obtain a national designation. This is done through the U.S. Department of the Interior. In order to get a national designation, the building must be in the National Register of Historic Places. Keep in mind that just being old isn’t enough to qualify a building for inclusion on the list. The building must have some type of historical significance such as having been the residence of an historical figure.
  • Involve others in your campaign. Having the support of your local community is a big help. You can get that involvement by publicizing the benefits of restoration and what it would mean to the community. Circulate a petition. Approach local political figures and area representatives as they can also be of great assistance in saving an historic building.

Once your building is saved, find out more about Quinn Evans and learn how a qualified architect can help with your restoration project.

 

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