News and Features

Form (Preservation) Follows Function

“In the field of historic preservation, our great challenge is to see that historic buildings remain viable components of a community, used for their intended purpose (homes, offices, churches, etc.) as much as possible and adapted to new uses when the viability of a previous use has passed. Buildings alone, however, do not revitalize […]

Bursting at the Seams: Development Pressure and Community Response

As with current trends across the country, Raleigh, North Carolina’s downtown growth and popularity is surging. These development pressures are squeezing Raleigh’s historic resources. Click here to read the full article by Don Davis.

 

Historic Preservation: Part of the Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis

Local preservation commissions have identified, protected, and enhanced heritage resources for architectural, cultural, aesthetic, symbolic, and other reasons. The time has come to begin protecting “old stuff” for affordable housing. Click here to read the full article by Donovan Rypkema.

 

NAPC Short Course at Main Street Now Conference, March 24, 2019

NAPC and the National Park Service are once again partnering to present a one-day preservation training! The Short Course is an intensive training for preservation commission members, staff, Certified Local Governments, Main Street and all interested community members at the national Main Street NOW Conference in Seattle, WA, March 24, 2019. This one-day course is $90. AIA and AICP credits […]

Challenges on the Coast – Flood Mitigation and Historic Buildings

All preservation is local. We are now in a historic era of a changing climate and increasing risks from flooding in many areas of the country. Flooding is the largest annual damage cost in America. It is critical that historic preservation staff and commissioners learn as much as possible about flood hazard mitigation so […]

NAPC’s Commission Excellence Awards Held at FORUM 2018 Opening Plenary

FORUM 2018: A Preservation Caucus welcomed over 700 attendees from 45 states and numerous countries. Held in Des Moines, Iowa this past July, FORUM offered a wide variety of educational sessions and discussion panels, mobile workshops and tours. An opportunity to network and re-unite with fellow preservationists, FORUM also served as the venue for […]

Architecture of Downtown Des Moines: Some Highlights from the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Architecture of Downtown Des Moines: Some Highlights from the Twentieth Century and Beyond, by Paula Mohr

In its 170-some years, the evolution of Des Moines’ commercial core has paralleled that of many American cities. Fort Des Moines, an early foothold in terms of Euro-American settlement, today survives only as an archaeological site. Early commercial buildings of wood frame […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series Week 4 – Preservation Planning, May 23, 2018

A preservation commission is most effective when its work is a part of the larger local planning process. Good planning can also strengthen grant applications and bring in money to the community. Using successful plans from around the country, this webinar will cover the essential elements of preservation planning and how to integrate preservation […]

Preservation Month Week 4 – Preservation Planning, May 23, 2018

A preservation commission is most effective when its work is a part of the larger local planning process. Good planning can also strengthen grant applications and bring in money to the community. Using successful plans from around the country, this webinar will cover the essential elements of preservation planning and how to integrate preservation […]

Preservation Month Webinar Series Week 3 – Standards & Guidelines, May 16, 2018

Wed, May 16, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

This webinar will give participants an understanding of the relationship between Federal Standards and local design guidelines. We’ll guide attendees through the origin and development of a variety of preservation-based review standards and guidelines. Through case studies, participants will distinguish between the four treatments under […]