Creative Solutions for Unique Spaces

Many building types–particularly single-use properties such as banks, theaters, churches and hotels–have unique and dramatic interior spaces that are character-defining yet challenging to adapt for contemporary uses. […]

Curtain Wall in Historic Tax Credit Projects

The materials and techniques involved in modern construction allowed for rapid construction in the mid-20th century. One such technique was the advent of the curtain wall in building construction. Many of the iconic midcentury modern buildings feature curtain walls. From the Seagram Building in New York City to the one-story Farnsworth House, the curtain wall, […]

Exterior Signs: What Works

From the largest billboards to tiny plaques, exterior signs immediately identify the function of a building. Exterior signs have the potential to make or break commercial enterprises housed in a building. When undertaking a rehabilitation project utilizing historic tax credits (HTCs), all exterior signs are subject to review by the state historic preservation office (SHPO) […]

Historic Tax Credits and Local Landmarks

Historic buildings are celebrated as local landmarks across the country. From the tallest skyscrapers in large cities to the quaint Main Streets in small town America, these landmarks form the identity of communities. Due to their status, these landmark buildings can attain multiple levels of historic designations, including listing in the National Register of Historic […]

Change Over Time: Certification of Altered Buildings

Commercial buildings are not static and do not exist in a vacuum. Intact buildings are rare. Rather, commercial structures are creatures of the real estate market and success invariably means they must be updated to meet evolving market expectations.Read full article here.

Maintaining Character In Multiple- Building HTC Project

Like movies, buildings are full of character: usually a couple of lead characters, aided by supporting characters. When rehabilitating a historic building using historic tax credits (HTCs), the National Park Service (NPS) requires the character-defining features of a building to be maintained. To ensure that this character is maintained, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards […]

Documentation, Documentation, Documentation

The importance of documentation in a historic tax credit (HTC) development cannot be overemphasized. There are actually three distinct forms of documentation, all of which are critical to a successful historic tax credit application. Historic Documentation: First is documenting the historic evolution of the building. With few exceptions, buildings change over time. Tenants move in […]

Opportunities to use Federal Historic Tax Credits on Multi-Tenant Office Buildings

When undertaking a rehabilitation development using historic tax credits (HTCs), the functional use of the building greatly influences the approach to proposed interior finishes. Reusing historic structures as office buildings requires foresight to understand the needs of future tenants, who may have a specific aesthetic in mind and to balance those needs with the HTC […]

Back to Basics: The Ingredients of a HTC Application

Heading into the New Year is timely opportunity to take a step back and revisit the fundamentals of a good tax credit application. The quality of that application is important for three reasons: First, it demonstrates to the reviewing agencies that you know the program and what is important to them as they evaluate your […]

Brutalism: A New Frontier for Historic Tax Credits

Brutalism has long been viewed negatively in the architectural community as “monolithic” or “imposing,” but has come back into vogue as changing tastes redefine design. At the same time, many of these buildings, built in the late 1960s through the 1970s, are reaching the 50-year threshold for National Register historic designations; thus, are potentially eligible […]

Rehabilitating the So-Called ‘White Elephant’–How to Make a Challenging Project Succeed

When you visit a city, you’re bound to see all types of buildings: commercial, residential institutional and ecclesiastical. These come in all ranges of styles and sizes, depending on your location. In more than 30 years of being in the historic real estate redevelopment industry, I’ve seen many types of buildings rehabilitated using historic tax […]

Defining Character: What is a Character-Defining Feature?

In reviewing projects for historic tax credits (HTCs), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service (NPS) evaluate proposed work under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation (Standards). While the Standards are general in nature, there is published guidance to illuminate how the Standards are applied to projects.Essentially, the intent of […]