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Preservation Resources
Preservation Pennsylvania regularly responds to requests for information and assistance on a broad range of technical preservation issues. We pride ourselves on being an accessible resource for preservationists, legislators, community-based groups, corporations and the public.

Please let us know how we can assist you!
 
   
One of Preservation Pennsylvania’s core missions is to provide assistance to individuals, organizations and communities who want to plan for and preserve special places with exceptional meaning.  Our membership and generous donors allow us to provide limited hours of free advisory, planning or educational assistance to jumpstart a project.
 
We also offer the services listed below. Fees vary based on the size of the project, number of staff involved, and other project variables. Project pricing ranges from $500 to several thousand dollars, depending on complexity and timeline.

Historic Resource Inventories
Historic Resource Survey Forms
National Register Nominations
Tax Credit Applications
Condition Assessment + Preservation Treatment Plans
Rehabilitation Plans
Feasibility Studies
Design Guidelines
Project Management
Meeting Facilitation
Outreach & Communications
Event Management
Educational sessions (see other side)
 
Preservation Pennsylvania also offers community preservation workshops and educational sessions on a variety of topics. Some of our popular topics include:

Organizational Improvement
Defensible Decision Making
Preserving Your Borough (basic tools for preserving communities)
Certified Local Government Basics
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
Design in Downtown Historic Districts
The Value of Authenticity (re: Alternative Materials)
Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation Activities
Adaptive Reuse: The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Rehabilitating Existing Buildings for New Uses
Fire Detection and Suppression for Buildings in Historic Districts
New Construction in Historic Districts
The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania
From the Golden Plough to the Golden Arches: Roadside Architecture

Custom topics can be prepared with sufficient notice. Our professional staff has a wide range of expertise and is passionate about sharing preservation knowledge with others.
We also encourage you to review the network of partners listed below. Despite our best efforts to be of service, we are not always able to dedicate significant staff time to every request for help. Therefore, we have compiled this supplemental preservation community contact information for your convenience.

In addition to the resources noted here, we recommend that you contact your local preservation/historic organization, as they are more familiar with the resources and issues of the region.

As always, if you do not find the information that you need you are welcome to contact us using the information below. We will then do our best to put you in contact with an individual or organization that can best handle your questions.
Please let us know how we can assist you. For more information, contact Julia Chain, jchain@preservationpa.org 717-234-2310 x3
 
Good luck with your projects!


Pennsylvania's Preservation Community

Statewide

Private statewide preservation groups work with the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs), assist local groups, intervene in preservation issues, advocate for state legislative support, provide membership and educational programs, issue publications, engage in real estate and revolving fund programs and serve as information clearinghouses. 
 
Preservation Pennsylvania
257 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 234-2310
Fax: (717) 234-2522
info@preservationpa.org
http://www.preservationpa.org

Mindy G. Crawford, Executive Director 
Preservation Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth's only statewide, private non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties. We are also Pennsylvania's Statewide Partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
 
 
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
As the key state and territorial government preservation officials, the SHPOs conduct cultural resource surveys, prepare statewide preservation plans, nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places, review federal undertakings for effects on landmarks, administer grants-in-aid, help certify projects for federal tax incentives, provide public education, cooperate with related state agencies, administer historic properties and supervise archaeological activities.

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

State Museum Building
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0024
(717) 787-3362
www.phmc.pa.gov/

James M. Vaughan
PHMC Executive Director / State Historic Preservation Officer
(717) 783-8946
jvaughan@pa.gov

Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 2nd Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093
(717) 787-8946
http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Pages/default.aspx
 
Andrea L. MacDonald
Bureau Director / Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
(717) 783-8946
amacdonald@pa.gov

Doug McLearen
Division Chief, Archaeology and Protection
(717) 772-0925
dmclearen@pa.gov

Click here for online Staff Directory
 
 
HeritagePA
P.O. Box 348
Altoona, PA 16603
(814) 940-1922
Fax: (814) 940-1423
http://heritagepa.com/

Jane Sheffield, President
HeritagePA is an association of the twelve Pennsylvania Heritage Regions. They work collaboratively to share “best practices” and promote the state's heritage areas.


Pennsylvania Downtown Center
1230 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 233-4675
Fax: (717) 233-4690
padowntown@padowntown.org
http://www.padowntown.org

William S. Fontana, Executive Director
Pennsylvania's statewide nonprofit dedicated to the vitality, management and economic development of Pennsylvania's downtowns and business districts. The Pennsylvania Downtown Center also administers the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Main Street and Elm Street programs.
 
10thousand Friends of Pennsylvania
www.10000friends.org
Jack M. Machek, President
jmachek@10000friends.org
 
Central PA Headquarters:
240 North Third Street, Suite 407
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 234-6070

East PA:
Philadelphia
Dan Wofford
Southeast Director
(610) 933-4640
wofford@10000friends.org

West PA:
Pittsburgh
Tom Hardy
Southwest Director
(412) 874-7351
thardy@10000friends.org

An Alliance of organizations and individuals committed to promoting sound land use policies and actions. 10,000 Friends seeks growth and development that will support the economic and social viability of landscapes, environmental quality, and heritage resources.


National Preservation Community

National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
2600 Virginia Avenue NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 588-6000
(800) 944-6847
Fax: (202) 588-6038
info@savingplaces.org
https://savingplaces.org/

National Main Street Center
The National Main Street Center provides information, offers technical assistance, holds conferences and workshops, and conducts research and advocacy on critical revitalization issues. The Main Street Four-Point Approach® provides a framework for communities to organize themselves for success, improve the design of their neighborhoods, promote their district, and enhance the economic base of a community.
 
National Main Street Center, Inc.
53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60604
 
General Inquiries
mainstreet@savingplaces.org
(312) 610-5611
Fax: (202) 588-6050
 
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