Posts Tagged ‘Preservation Massachusetts’

The Federal Historic Tax Credit: 35 Years of Investment

| June 4th, 2013 | No Comments »

In the years since 1977, the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program has successfully assisted in the rehabilitation of thousands of buildings, neighborhoods and downtowns across the nation. According to a 35th anniversary report recently issued by the National Park Service, the program has generated over $66 billion in private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. In addition to revitalization, affordable housing, construction jobs and local property values have all benefited. For more information on how the federal tax incentives have benefitted revitalization efforts, adaptive re-use and energy conservation, the full report can be viewed here.

Preservation Massachusetts has taken a leadership role in the advocacy of both the state and federal historic tax credits and the benefits they bring our communities. If you have questions about the federal or state programs, contact our office today!

2012 Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources!

| October 4th, 2012 | No Comments »

Preservation Massachusetts has released the list of this year’s Most Endangered Historic Resources! Taken from nominations submitted by concerned groups and citizens, this PR and education program aims to spotlight threatened resources and work with the nominators, owners and the community to inspire and hopefully collaborate on options and solutions for preservation success!

This year’s list includes:
Outbuildings at Elm Hill Farm, Brookfield
Durgin Garage, Brookline
Fitchburg City Hall
Herbert M. Farr Residence, Holyoke
North Brookfield Town House
Mechanics Hall, Princeton
Methodist Episcopal Church, Ware
“Orchard House”, 917 Belmont Street, Watertown
Charles Bowker House, Worcester
The Palladium, Worcester
Quinsigamond Firehouse, Worcester

For more details on this year’s resources, visit our Most Endangered page, and RSVP for our Believe in Preservation event on November 8th!

$10 Million Increase in MA Historic Tax Credits!

| May 31st, 2012 | No Comments »

Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed H4119, “An Act relative to infrastructure investment, enhanced competitiveness and economic growth in the Commonwealth”. This “jobs” bill, was submitted by Representative Joseph Wagner (Chicopee) Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Included in this bill was a $10 million increase to the state historic tax credit program, making the annual cap $60 million!

The $10 million increase was added by Representative Antonio Cabral (New Bedford), Chair of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets after Preservation Massachusetts and our legislative consultant Paul Pezzella testified about the positive economic impact and benefits of the historic tax credit to the Commonwealth.

The bill has now moved on to the Senate, and Preservation Massachusetts will continue advocating in support of the increase and the credit program as a whole. We will keep our partners updated as we hear more as the bill moves through the Senate.

Many thanks to Representative Wagner, Representative Cabral and all of the supporters of the historic tax credit program!

Click here to read the text of H4119 . The increase is located on page 66.

Boston Globe: Truro House in area that inspired Hopper must go

| January 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »

Truro, Edward Hopper House and Landscape
The Edward Hopper Landscape in Truro was listed on PM’s Most Endangered Historic Resources List in 2007.

Truro house in area that inspired Hopper must go

By Amanda Cedrone|The Boston Globe| January 22, 2012

Truro – Officials in Truro have ordered that a 8,333-square-foot house, which has been at the center of controversy for several years, be demolished.

The house is owned by Andrea Kline, widow of businessman Donald Klein, and is located at 27 Stephens Way on what is known as the Hopper Landscape, overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

The scenery provided inspiration for painter Edward Hopper who spent summers in South Truro.

Since the building permits for the property were issued, and construction began on the house in 2008, its owners and neighbors have been waging a legal battle, with neighbors stating that the house is an eyesore in the middle of the historic landscape.

“From the road [the house] appears quite unintrusive,” said Alan Efronmson, chairman of Truro’s zoning board of appeals. “If you do see it from above, it looks like an airplane hanger or something seen from a plane. Its enormous.”

Over the years the case wound its way through the zoning board, to land court, to appeals court, and finally was turned down for review by the state Supreme Judicial Court in early November, Efromson said.

Following the decision by the court not to take the case, zoning board members met last month and voted to instruct Thomas Wingard Jr., the town building commissioner, to revoke the building permits.

In a letter dated Friday, Wingard informed Klein’s trustee, Duane Landreth, that the house must be demolished.

The letter goes on to state that, “in addition to removal of the offending structure, you are ordered to restore the property as nearly as possible to its pre-construction state.”

Landreth would not comment on the case.

Citing the long legal battle the town has seen over the years, some neighbors of the property believe the issue is far from resolved.

One Stephen’s Way resident who declined to give his name said, “I can’t believe the landscape will come back in my lifetime.”

Taken from the Boston Globe, Metro Section, B-5.

Jobs, Revenue & Revitalization: The MHRTC

| October 26th, 2011 | No Comments »

Preservation Massachusetts has just released our updated economic review of the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program: Jobs, Revenue and Revitalization. This is the second edition of our economic update on the effectiveness and impact of this important program. Since April, 2004, this credit has demonstrated the economic benefits of historic preservation while revitalizing our neighborhoods, preserving the historic fabric of our Commonwealth and reenergizing our communities.

With great foresight the Massachusetts Legislature enacted the State Historic Tax Credit by adding it to an economic stimulus act. Since then credit has given back to Massachusetts through private investment, job creation and tax revenues. The program’s steady growth over the past seven years prompted a coalition of organizations, led by Preservation Massachusetts, to quantify the credit’s impact on Massachusetts,

Download a PDF copy today or contact Preservation Massachusetts’ office for information on how to receive a print copy.
The MHRTC: Jobs, Revenue & Revitalization

Announcing the 2011 Tsongas Award Recipients!

| March 23rd, 2011 | No Comments »

Preservation Massachusetts is pleased to announce the 2011 Paul E. Tsongas Award recipients who will be honored at our Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday May 4 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston!

This year’s honorees are Massachusetts colleges, universities and preparatory schools that have embraced and incorporated preservation into their educational identity. Whether through master planning, stewardship or sustainable restorations, the projects at these institutions demonstrate the versatility, viability and importance of historic preservation within higher education.

Be sure to reserve your tickets and tables today and mark your calendars for May 4!

The 2011 Paul E. Tsongas Award Recipients

  • Amherst College for Stewardship
  • The Berkshire School for Rehabilitation
  • Boston College for St. Clements Hall
  • Brimmer & May for the Corkin Visual Arts Center
  • College of the Holy Cross for Campus Commitment
  • Emerson College for the Paramount Center
  • Emmanuel College for Campus Commitment
  • Harvard University for Appleton Chapel
  • Harvard University Law School for North Hall Site Rehabilitations
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for Community Commitment
  • Middlesex Community College for the Federal Building
  • New England Conservatory for Campus Rehabilitations
  • Philips Academy for Paresky Commons
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for the Sunken Garden
  • Springfield College for the Judd/Sitzer YMCA Center
  • Suffolk University for the Modern Theater
  • Tufts University for West Hall
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Bristol Community College for the Star Store Building
  • Wellesley College for Alumnae Hall
  • Wellesley College for Campus Commitment and Rehabilitations
  • Worcester Academy for Kinglsley Hall

Endangered Icons: 4 Central Mass Resources Endangered

| September 30th, 2010 | No Comments »

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The incredible interior of Southbridge’s Notre Dame Church. The church was listed on the 2010 Most Endangered Historic Resources List with 3 other Central Mass properties.

Endangered icons: Southbridge church among threatened area structures

By Bronislaus B. Kush|Worcester Telegram & Gazette| September 30, 2010

Boston — Notre Dame Church in Southbridge, which may be shuttered as part of the reorganization plan by the Diocese of Worcester to cope with the dwindling number of priests, is one of four Central Massachusetts landmarks that have been placed on Preservation Massachusetts’ 2010 Most Endangered Historic Resources list.

The others are the Odd Fellows Home in Worcester’s Greendale section, which may be razed for a housing development; the Oakham West School in Oakham; and the Rev. Abiel “Priest” Williams House in Dudley.

Preservation Massachusetts has put out an annual list for 17 years. The 10 structures listed have been judged by the nonprofit advocacy group as being historically significant, but threatened with demolition or neglect.

In May, chancery officials merged Notre Dame’s congregation with that of nearby Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.

Notre Dame parishioners fear that their cathedral-like church, which was built in 1912…

For the full article, click here.