MDAH Historic Preservation

Technical Preservation Services and Rehabilitation Tax Incentives

Technical Preservation Services provide the public and private sectors with specific information on various materials and techniques for preservation of historic buildings, such as masonry restoration, window repair to lead paint abatement and accessibility for people with disabilities.

As coordinator of the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program, we routinely assist owners of National Register properties who undertake rehabilitations using the federal tax incentives. Staff can schedule site visits and provide the necessary application forms and guidelines to Tax Incentives applicants.

In reviewing projects that require Section 106 approval or Mississippi Landmark Permits, we assist owners of historic properties in order that they meet all the requirements for their preservation projects. It is important that we are contacted in the early planning stages of the project. This will assure that the project meets the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with out adding unnecessary time to the project for last minute changes to the plans.

In reviewing projects or assisting in preservation projects, Technical Preservation Services uses the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, which are common sense principles in non-technical language. They were developed to help protect our nation's irreplaceable cultural resources by promoting consistent preservation practices. There are Standards for four distinct, but interrelated, approaches to the treatment of historic properties--preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction. The one that is used most often in adaptive-reuse projects is the Standards for Rehabilitation.

 

Helpful Links:

Weatherizing and Improving the Energy Efficiency of Historic Buildings: Learn how to undertake those measures in ways that have minimal impact on the historic building's design and materials.

Preservation Briefs: provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings.

Preservation Tech Notes: provide practical information on traditional practices and innovative techniques for successfully maintaining and preserving cultural resources.

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