Advocacy & Resources
Our historic preservation resources page is evolving into the:
Some of our resource links continue to be listed below.
Advocate For Preservation
Support legislation to enact a state historic tax credit program for Tennessee . Reach out and educate your local leaders and legislators with these materials:
- Tennessee Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive Flyer. A one-pager that describes the need for a state historic rehabilitation investment incentive and the benefits that can result from enacting a state program.
- Summary of TN Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive. A one-pager that summarizes and explains the legislation and how the program would operate.
- Coalition Support Letters to Legislators. A draft letter to legislators that can be revised to insert the relevant legislators’ names and cities.
- Finance Members. A list of targeted Senate Finance Committee members, House Finance Committee members and House Subcommittee on Finance and Budget members. Please reach out to any and all members on the Committees, even if they are not constituents of those members.
Interested in joining the Knox Heritage Advocacy Committee? Here’s how.
Learn about National Preservation Advocacy Week and follow national news at www.preservationaction.org.
- Don’t know if your house is in a historic district? Search for your address using KGIS Maps. Select the maps tab and select the historic district option.
National Preservation Organizations and Collaborative Partners
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- National Main Street Center
- The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
- American Association for State and Local History
- The Association For Preservation Technology
Tennessee Preservation Organizations and Collaborative Partners
- Association for the Preservation for Tennessee Antiquities
- Tennessee Main Street Program
- Tennessee Historical Commission
- Tennessee Preservation Trust
- MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
East Tennessee Preservation Organizations and Collaborative Partners
- African-American Heritage Alliance
- East Tennessee Development District – Historic Preservation
- East Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide
- East Tennessee Historical Society – Regional Affiliates, Local Societies and County Historians
- East Tennessee Quality Growth
- National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are grants intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Read more about these grants online.
- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. Learn more by visiting their website: http://www.neh.gov/about.
- The Tennessee Historical Commission annually accepts grant applications for historic preservation projects.These federally funded grants become available after Congress passes the federal budget. Decisions on funding grants will be made when the exact amount of funds are known. The selection process typically emphasizes projects such as architectural and archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, and restoration of historic buildings that are listed in the National Register and have a public use. Priorities for grants will be based on the preservation plan “A Future for the Past: A Comprehensive Plan for Historic Preservation in Tennessee”. It includes areas experiencing rapid growth and development, other threats to cultural resources, areas where there are gaps in knowledge regarding cultural resources, and communities that participate in the Certified Local Government program. Learn more by visiting the THC website: http://www.tn.gov/environment/history/history_preservation-grants.shtml.
- The Tennessee Department of Transportation Enhancement Program have provided more than $287 million in grants since 1991 to communities across the state. Funds have been used to build sidewalks, bike and pedestrian trails and to renovate historic train depots and other transportation related structures. Whether large or small, the projects serve the same purposes; improving access and providing a better quality of life for people in the state. Visit their website for more information: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/local/grants.htm.
- In 2014 Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) launched a new initiative, Partners in Training, to further its mission of providing training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology. This program was developed in response to cuts in public funding for preservation training, and seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other educational institutions and organizations that share its passion for the technical aspects of preservation. Visit their website for more information.
- The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The goals of the program are 1) to protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of our history, 2) to encourage and assist all Americans in planning for the preservation, management, and interpretation of these sites, and 3) to raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations. The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning, and public education. Visit the website for more information.
Historic Building Design and Repair Resources
- How-to Guide for Downtown Building Rehab Rescue and Repair
- The Secretary of Interiors Standards for Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction are common sense historic preservation principles in non-technical language. They promote historic preservation best practices that will help to protect our nation’s irreplaceable cultural resources.
- Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.
- National Park Service Stone Database
- Learn how to identify historic windows.
- Global Fireproof Solutions is a company that offers fireproof and fire retardant paint (intumescent paint) solutions for historic properties. It is not utilized much in Tennessee but has great potential and can often make old buildings safe from the Fire Marshal’s perspective. This company sells the products and performs certified applications and/or provides training. These products can be very useful for multi-story historic structures with wooden flooring and can sometimes be utilized in place of a sprinkler system. You may wish to discuss this product with your local building inspector and Fire Marshal.
- This Old House
- Old House Journal
- Traditional Building
National Register of Historic Places
- The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s list of cultural resources considered worthy of preservation. In Tennessee, the staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission administers this program.
- General information about the National Register of Historic Places
- National Register Bulletin series provide guidance on evaluating, documenting and listing different types of historic structures and places.
Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Properties
- Historic Commercial Buildings: A 20% income tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, to be “certified historic structures.”. The 10% tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings placed in service before 1936.
- Historic Barns: Administered by the National Park Service in conjunction with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program offers a 20% federal tax credit for qualified rehabilitation expenses for barns listed in the National Register.