Historic tax credits are a financial incentive program on both the federal and state levels. As an effective investment strategy to reuse historic buildings, it is one of the nationa’as most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. Based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, the structures and tax benefits range depending on if its a residential or commercial rehab. The tax credit projects in the Calhoun Preservation portfolio represent millions of construction activity around the Gulf Coast and includes a broad spectrum of projects — commercial, institutional, industrial and residential buildings in big cities and in small towns. They range from the $70,000 renovation of a historic shotgun residence to the rehabilitation of a 21-story office building in Texas.
Double Shotgun in Arabi
1036-38 Friscoville Avenue, Arabi, LA
Louisiana state commercial & residential, federal commerical.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans
4310 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana state commercial tax credit.
600 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX
State commercial & federal commercial.
Queen Anne Double
7919-21 Spruce Street, New Orleans, LA
State commercial & federal commercial
2320-22 Lowerline Street, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana state commercial & residential.
Research & Documentation
In some occurances, historic buildings, structures and sites are not able to be saved, however, that does not mean that historic preservation methods cannot be implemented. Documenting a building, structure and site through a variety of mapping and image-collecting methods give the future generations reference to the historic built environment. Before demolition, relocation or high impacts to the architectural integrity, Calhoun Preservation is prepared to document the building to ensure that key information is collected about its appearance, construction and history. Reports prepared for the Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic American Engineering Record are archived in the Library of Congress. Other documentation reports are maintained by the State Historic Preservation Office.
Property research utilizes several resources. If building owners have been curious about a building's history, there is more to know than what is found in basic details from Zillow or Redfin. Research plays a key role in businesses involved in the local property market. Effective propertyresearchers provide advice and analysis that informs investment decisions, impacting on the bottom line.
The Godchaux-Reserve Plantation, an old sugar plantation, has made a fascinating transition of architecture and use over time, and is historically significant to River Road, the transportation central of the Mississippi River leading into New Orleans. Its current state offers an glimpse into the construction methods, times of construction and design materials over the past 150 years.
See the 2016 Carrollton Courthouse presentation by Tulane Universitys MPS class: HERE.
TOMB IN ST. LOUIS CEMETARY NO. 2.
Historic IMAGE research
Calhoun Preservation has inventoried and documented the current state of historic and non-historic buildings on a variety of scales, from a few blocks in downtown to massive districts covering thousands of buildings. Some surveys have looked at geographical clusters of resources (such as a downtown commercial district or a residential neighborhood), while others studied resources linked by a common theme (such as theaters). Surveys end up telling us more about our local history and how the architectural fabric reflects its change over time.
Documenting approximately 1,400 structures in Hammond, Louisiana - to be added to the Louisiana Historic Structures Inventory.
Mid-Century Modern Design in Lake Vista
Survey the current state of mid-century modern structures in the Lake Vista neighborhood of New Orleans, its rate of demolition, and its fast changing character.
100 block of Canal Street, New Orleans
Part of a larger analysis of Canal Street and surrounding blocks - study the current state of the buildings, its historical context and offer potential solutions.
National Register Nominations
The National Register of Historic Places (NR) is the nation’s highest distinction in recognizing significant historic buildings, structures, objects and sites. Designed to be a honorary designation, the nomination has no design restrictions. Instead, it provides property owners access to financial incentives (such as tax credits and grants) and that promote preservation efforts. Such nominations offer direction to planners targeting economic development incentives or guiding new development. Nominations are open to individual buildings, groups of buildings, landmarks and districts. Calhoun Preservation has experience in the nomination process of individual properties, historic districts, and group building submissions. This program offers a higher understanding of architectural stock and cultural heritage.