Owner Assistance

Assistance To Owners of Historic Buildings
The following statements are taken from "Assistance to Owners of Historic Buildings" (State Historic Preservation Office, Division of Archives and History, NC Department of Cultural Resources, 1/28/94). Note: colored emphasis added by the City of Burlington.

I. Technical Assistance for Restorations, Rehabilitations, and Historic Building Maintenance:
image001.gifAll owners of historic buildings in North Carolina, including private individuals and organizations as well as governmental agencies, may request technical advice from the Restoration Branch of the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO). [Burlington's regional specialist is Mr. Mitch Wilds, (919) 733-6547.] Technical consultation incurs no cost or obligation. A building does not need to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have any other special historic designation to be eligible for this service.

Consultations are offered on a time-available basis and may include telephone consultations, mailings of technical articles and sample specifications, on-site building inspections and evaluations, and referrals to specialty architects, contractors, and consultants. Staff cannot prepare in-depth plans and specifications for restoration projects but can provide printed technical information materials without charge and recommend additional books and periodicals that are available for purchase from other sources.

II. Financial Assistance for Restorations or Rehabilitations:
[Due to limited availability and restrictions of use, questions regarding federal, state and private foundation grants should be directed to the HPO Grants Administrator, (919) 733-4763.]

III. Assistance Programs of Other Agencies and Organizations:
image002.gifA. Preservation/north Carolina:
P.O. Box 27644, Raleigh, NC 27611, (919) 832-3652

Preservation/North Carolina (P/NC) is a statewide non-profit preservation membership organization. Membership in P/NC supports a wide range of preservation advocacy, education, and restoration programs. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and periodic updates on historic preservation news and events in North Carolina.

Buying or selling property: Among its programs and activities, P/NC operates a revolving loan fund to market historic properties for sale to new owners who are able and willing to preserve them. Several local revolving loan funds also work cooperatively with P/NC. Protective covenants are appended to the deeds of properties revolved through P/NC, and P/NC retains the right of first refusal in future sales of the properties. P/NC also accepts easement donations from owners who desire that their properties be preserved in perpetuity.

Over sixty of North Carolina's local governments have established historic preservation commissions to operate historic preservation programs at the local level. Local preservation commissions recommend historic districts or landmarks for designation by the local governing board and review alterations to landmarks and properties within designated historic districts. Some commissions provide rehabilitation design assistance, operate local revolving funds, and offer other services and activities.

1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 673-4000

The National Trust is a national, private non-profit preservation advocacy organizations. The Trust publishes a monthly newspaper and bimonthly magazine, publishes a variety of books on historic preservation topics, owns and operated museum properties, and operated a program of incentive grants to local preservation organizations for non-construction activities. 

Division of Community Assistance, P.O. Box 12600, Raleigh, NC 27605-2600, (919) 733-2850

The North Carolina Main Street Center (NCMSC) is an outgrowth of a pilot project begun by the National Trust in 1977. North Carolina was among the six states that originally participated and is now one of thirty-two states with active programs. Thirty North Carolina towns and cities with populations under 50,000 participate with locally staffed program managers. NCMSC provides technical assistance to participating communities to encourage economic development within a historic preservation context. 

[The Burlington Downtown Corporation is one of the entities operating a program.]