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Preservation Pennsylvania Executive Director Mindy Crawford wrote "Historic Tax Credits and the Impact on Your Community" for the April 2018 issue of Borough News
magazine, published by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. To read the article, click here.
2018 PENNSYLVANIA AT RISK LIST
On February 12, Preservation Pennsylvania executive director Mindy Crawford announced the four sites added to the Pennsylvania At Risk list. The four sites represent more than 625 years of history in Pennsylvania and are at risk of demolition or physical deterioration. Read more under Programs > Pennsylvania At Risk or click here to visit the At Risk page
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD HISTORY
Two of our 2017 Pennsylvania at Risk sites have important historic connections to the Underground Railroad that are under grave threat. Please help by speaking out or donating to cover the substantial legal fees necessary to challenge the threat.
Abolition Hall, the Corson/Hovenden Homestead and the Plymouth Meeting Historic District
The Friends of Abolition Hall Fund are challenging a developer’s plan to subdivide a nationally-significant, historic 10.45-acre parcel to construct 48 townhouses.
The Friends group is composed of local residents and supporters who believe that the proposed subdivision and townhouse development fails to acknowledge or respect the powerful history of this homestead. Whitemarsh Township should ask the developer for the best possible plan for this site, that will help preserve the rare and nationally-significant places that make the township a desirable place to live.
Preservation Pennsylvania and the Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society (KCVPS), based in Hellam Township, have formed a partnership to preserve the threatened historic Mifflin House in Hellam Township, York County. Preservation Pennsylvania named Mifflin House to its Pennsylvania At Risk list in 2017. A brief was filed in the York County Court of Common Pleas to stop plans by the current owners, the Blessing Family, and their developer partner, Kinsley Equities, LLC, to demolish the historic property overlooking the Susquehanna River. Visit our Mifflin House page for more information and the press release.
Visit our Mifflin House page
for more information.
Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit: Success!
The Historic Tax Credit (HTC) survived the reconciliation process and appears in the final tax reform bill at 20% with a change to the credit delivery timing, now over five years. The 10% pre-1936 non-historic rehabilitation credit was eliminated.
As the National Trust for Historic Preservation notes:
This extraordinary success underscores the power of the credit and the broad support it has earned in the preservation community. Its inclusion in the most expansive overhaul of our nation’s tax code in more than three decades is a reaffirmation that reviving older and historic buildings is sound federal policy and good for the nation.
Thank you to all of you who sent letters, made calls and sent emails to advocate for the Historic Tax Credit. Your efforts made a difference!
What About the Windows? Help Save Them!
Preservation Pennsylvania is pleased to announce publication of "Considering the Repair, Retrofit, and Replacement of Historic Windows." Useful for HARBS and CLGs, the guide also provides useful information for individual preservationists to advocate for saving historic windows rather than replacing them.
Help spread the word and be an advocate for original windows!
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office via the Certified Local Government program, and is made possible by cooperation of the Boroughs and HARBs of Gettysburg, Bellefonte and Mercersburg.
(Know of a great window restoration/refit expert? Send us the info at firstname.lastname@example.org -- thanks!)
Preservation to wear -- the perfect gift!
Support preservation in style and shop our online preservation store.
Now there are three ways to shop and support Preservation Pennsylvania:
- our t-shirt store (with a PA-based, family-owned business)
- our curated list of preservation-friendly goods (as an Amazon Affiliate)
- or via Amazon Smile.
How to Protect and Preserve the Historic Places That Matter to You
This four-part document is intended to provide you with the information and tools that you may need to make informed decisions about your historic preservation project.
Preservation Pennsylvania and the Kreutz Cr are important have formed a partnership to preserve the threatened historic Mifflin House in Hellam Township, York County. Preservation Pennsylvania named Mifflin House to its Pennsylvania At Risk list in 2017. A brief was filed in the York County Court of Common Pleas to stop plans by the current owners, the Blessing Family, and their developer partner, Kinsley Equities, LLC, to demolish the historic property overlooking the Susquehanna River.