FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What is the NRHP and why is it important?

A: NRHP, or the National Register of Historic Places, is administered by the National Park Service. The National Register is the official list of districts, sites, and buildings significant to American history, architecture, and culture that are important to their respective state and the nation. A professional review board in each state considers each property proposed for listing and makes a recommendation on its eligibility. PandDStudio provides assistance in the nomination process as well as acquiring tax incentives for historically significant buildings.

What is the difference between renovation, restoration, and preservation?

A: Renovation is making buildings look like new without the materials and method of construction, historical importance, or place in time not being critical. The building itself does not place restrictions on the work to be done. Restoration is the restoring of a building to a former condition. The most important aspect of restoration is the final appearance, which usually represent the most desirable period of a buildings life. Preservation is keeping an object from getting destroyed and seeing to it that it is not altered or changed. In preservation, the prime factor is the retention of a buildings fabric rather than appearance. Repairs must be done with minimal change to the original building fabric and using the same methods if possible.

What criteria needs to be met for a building to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places according to the National Park Service?

A: The quality of significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture is present in districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and: That are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or That are associated with the lives of significant persons in or past; or That embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or That have yielded or may be likely to yield, information important in history or prehistory.

What services are provided by Preservation and Design Studio?

A: PandDStudio provides a vast array of services to clients ranging from new building design, adaptive reuse, preservation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, remodeling, to tax credit work. We have a team of highly qualified individuals with a certified architect and interior designer.

What are the benefits of being listed on the NRHP?

A: The most significant benefit comes in the form of tax credits. A property owner is eligible for a 20% investment tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of income-producing certified historic structures such as commercial industrial, or rental residential buildings. Individual states sometimes also have additional tax credits. NRHP listed buildings can also qualify for Federal grants for historic preservation purposes. A greater benefit is the sense of pride that historic buildings and districts give to their respective regions.

How many parts is the National Register of Historic Places process and how is it started?

A: There are three parts to the NRHP process. One usually begins the process by contacting the local State Historic Preservation Office. PandDStudio is able to assist with all three parts of the process.

How long will it take to complete a project?

A: The size and complexity of a project determine will help determine the time needed to “complete” a project. Projects have three parts that are interconnected: Time (schedule), Scope (project goals) and Budget (anticipated cost). Each one of these parts will influence the other two. Project success is determined by clear definition of each of the three parts. Lack in one part needs to be compensated for by one or both of the other parts. For example, a project with a short time frame to complete may mean more cost, or that less of the scope will be able to be accomplished.