Tuesday, March 30, 2010

J. Neel Reid Lecture

Join us this Thursday evening at Rhodes Hall for a presentation by Steven Spandle, 2009's J. Neel Reid Prize winner.

Funded by sales of William R. Mitchell, Jr.'s book J. Neel Reid Architect, the J. Neel Reid Prize is presented annually to a young architect and funds study travel that honors the legacy of Neel Reid.

As the 2009 recipient of The Georgia Trust's J. Neel Reid Prize, Mr. Spandle traveled through France studying classical architecture. Similar to Reid, Spandle recorded his trip in sketches and photographs.

Join us for a fascinating presentation of his study travel experience.

When: Thursday April 1, 2010
Reception begins at 5:45, lecture to follow
Where: Rhodes Hall
1516 Peachtree St., NW
Parking available in our lot on Spring St.

this event is free and open to the public

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

GaPA Thursday

As we previously reported, National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week was held during the first week of March in Washington, D.C.
Below is a report by Amanda Schraner and Dr. Dave Crass of the Historic Preservation Division. Our thanks to them and others attending from Georgia, including Kathy Ledvina and Drane Wilkinson, for participating and reporting back on the week's events.

GaPA would also like to thank Representatives Hank Johnson (GA-04) and David Scott (GA-13) for signing on to the "Dear Colleague" letter to the Appropriations Committee last week. This important letter requests funding of Historic Preservation Programs like Save America's Treasures, Preserve America, and State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. Read the latest news about efforts for full funding here. If you Took Action by asking these representatives to support the letter, please contact them and thank them for recognizing the importance of funding preservation.

And now, a report from National Preservation Advocacy Week:

by Amanda Schraner, Transportation Projects Coordinator, and Dr. Dave Crass, Division Director

National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week was held the week of March 1st, 2010 in Washington D.C. Dr. Dave Crass and Amanda Schraner attended representing
HPD. Advocacy Week was held concurrently with meetings of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, National Historic Tax Credit Conference, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Action.

Day one of activities included federal agency updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Park Service (NPS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Energy (DOE), and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). A plenary session focused discussions on current legislative issues.

Day two of Advocacy Week was the big day: the visits to Capitol Hill. Preservation Action compiled a “Grassroots Guide to Congress” as a primer for legislative issues to be discussed with members of Congress on the Hill. There are a number of preservation-related legislative issues that are pertinent for discussion with congressional representatives this year. These include:

  • increasing funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to $50 million for the operation of State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs);
  • providing full funding to the HPF; in 1980, Congress authorized $150 million to be deposited in the HPF from funding received through offshore oil and gas lease revenue from the outer-continental shelf, but Congress has never appropriated that amount;
  • restoring funding to Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America, which are eliminated in the President’s FY2011 budget;
  • increasing funding to Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs);
  • supporting new legislation that promotes energy efficiency retrofits for historic and older buildings;
  • supporting historic preservation within a reauthorized transportation bill, including maintaining funding through Transportation Enhancement (TE) grants;
  • supporting amendments to the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program.

We visited the offices of those members belonging to the Historic Preservation Caucus. These included John Barrow, District 12; Phil Gingrey, District 11; John Lewis, District 5; Jim Marshall, District 8, Hank Johnson, District 4, and David Scott, District 13.

We focused our discussions on proposed enhancements to the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program in visits to Capitol Hill contained in two bills. H.R. 3715/S. 1743, The Community Restoration and Revitalization Act, is a bill that would increase the federal rehabilitation tax credit to 30% for “small” commercial projects of $5 million or less and would increase the credit for achieving energy efficiency improvements. H.R. 3670, the Historic Homeowners Revitalization Act, would allow homeowners of historic houses to get a federal tax credit of 20% of costs for qualified rehabilitation activities.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation held a news conference during the congressional visits to release the First Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit. This study, developed by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, meticulously documents the positive effect the program has had on the nation’s economy. In federal fiscal year 2008 alone, for instance, $3.6 billion in private capital invested in historic rehabilitation resulted in the creation of 58,000 jobs (The Report

Day three of consisted of the National Conference of State Historic Officers (NCSHPO) Annual Meeting. The format of the meeting included discussion of national items of interest, as well as an opportunity for each state to talk briefly about its current situation. We spoke on the recent reorganization of HPD, which elicited interest from several other state offices, as well as the new Ranch House context that Dr. Richard Cloues helped develop with partners including the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Transmission Corporation.

During the discussions it was quite evident that with a few notable exceptions, every SHPO is in the same financial boat. Some, such as California and New York, face extremely daunting challenges. This makes economic impact studies like the one commissioned by the National Trust all the more important to the continued viability of the national preservation program. Several state historic preservation offices have tracked the economic impact of their activities. Having this information at hand is increasingly critical as policy-makers assess the effectiveness of a wide range of programs. HPD's Mary Ann Eaddy is developing the outlines of such a study here in Georgia; we have a good economic story to tell and we need the data to support that. Look for more on HPD’s economic impact study later this calendar year.


For more information about GaPA, contact Kate Ryan, Programs Manger at The Georgia Trust, at kryan@georgiatrust.org

Thursday, March 18, 2010

GaPA Thursday

The Committee on Appropriations is an extremely important and powerful committee. This committee is presented with the President’s budget request and is tasked with determining how much funding is made available to different agencies. As previously reported, the President’s current budget proposal cuts funding for National Heritage Areas by 50% and eliminates funding for Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America. GaPA support’s the Coalition for Full Funding and its efforts to fund important preservation programs.

How can YOU help restore funding to these programs?

Immediate action is needed to urge your Members of Congress to sign on to Congressmen Turner and Carnahan’s “Dear Colleague” letter.

Why should they sign?

The more Members of Congress who co-sign this letter, the stronger the letter appears to the members of the Appropriations Committee who determine how much funding programs receive. This letter requests Fiscal Year 2011 funding of:

  • $55 million for State Historic Preservation Officers
  • $12 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
  • $25 million for Save America’s Treasures Grants
  • $4.6 million for Preserve America Grants

Why should they sign TODAY?

Today, Thursday, March 18th, is the deadline for signing on to the letter. Forty-one representatives have already shown their support of this letter, but none, so far, from GA. Contact you Members of Congress now! Send this email to tell them why funding Historic Preservation is important to you AND that Preservation Equals Jobs!

Another letter in need of signatures is the Tonko/Slaughter/Lance Appropriations Letter. This letter urges the House Appropriations Committee to provide $50 million for the Office of Museum Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This money will help protect collections and fund over 17,500 museums nationwide. Send this email to your Member of Congress, asking them to sign on immediately to show their support of museum funding.


For more information about GaPA, contact Kate Ryan, Programs Manger at The Georgia Trust, at kryan@georgiatrust.org

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Member Spotlight

Tad Brown addressing the Watson-Brown Foundation's Junior Board.

Few have a passion to preserve that rivals that of Tad Brown, President of the Watson-Brown Foundation. A long-time Trust supporter and Board Member, Mr. Brown comes from a line of preservationists, whose family history is tied to the history of Georgia. Recently, Mr. Brown has generously donated use of the historic Goodrum House for the Trust's 26th Annual Preservation Gala.

When he is not working with the Watson-Brown Foundation to insure the survival of some of Georgia's most important historic properties, Mr. Brown serves as a Trustee of the Mercer University Press and a Board Member of the Georgia Humanities Council. He is a dedicated preservationist and community servant. Following his graduation with a degree in history from Florida State University, Mr. Brown dedicated his professional life to defending and meticulously restoring properties including Hickory Hill in Thomson, Georgia and the T.R.R. Cobb House in Athens. He and his wife, Mary Kay, live in Evans with their two children.

All of us at the Trust take inspiration from Tad Brown's efforts to save and restore historic places. We are indebted to him for his generosity, and we cannot begin to thank him for his many efforts on our behalf.

If you are interested in attending the Trust's Preservation Gala, tickets are still available. Please contact Lindsay Cronk at 404-885-7805 to reserve your ticket today. This is a singular opportunity to explore the Goodrum House as it is in the process of being restored. Join the Trust for our Fine Feathered Fete.

Georgia Theatre Update

Does St. Patrick's Day make you thirsty?

This week, the Terrapin Beer Co releases its first in a series of 4 seasonal brews inspired by The Georgia Theatre. The first in the series is named the Iron Tankard and refers to the building's early history of use as a YMCA with an iron swimming pool in its basement. This creative approach by Terrapin and the Georgia Theatre will help raise awareness and money for the theater's much needed rehabilitation following a devastating fire last June. Read more about this interesting initiative and find out what other seasonal brews will represent the theater's history here.

And if you are unable to attend The Georgia Trust's Gala this Friday evening, consider attending the Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale Official Release Party in Athens. For event details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Want to directly contribute to the Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund? Donate through The Georgia Trust website here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

GaPA Thursday

Last week’s Historic Preservation Advocacy Week in Washington, D.C. attracted over 370 preservationists, including Dr. Dave Crass (Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and State Archaeologist) and Amanda Schraner (Transportation Projects Coordinator) from Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division.

A number of preservation issues were addressed during the week, many with a common theme: Funding.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s six major priorities listed on its 2010 Federal Legislative Agenda all revolve around funding important preservation programs and creating initiatives to capitalize on the economic viability of historic preservation. During his opening remarks on Lobby Day, Richard Moe addressed this issue and reiterated the National Trust’s new campaign Preservation Equals Jobs:

At a time when sustainability and job creation are top priorities for the Administration, it is tragically shortsighted to overlook – or even cripple – the economic power and potential of historic preservation programs such as SAT, Preserve America and National Heritage Areas.

GaPA also makes funding preservation a priority. Earlier this year GaPA became one of 171 organizations to show its support by joining the Coalition for Full Funding. The Coalition fights for full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund, a fund that receives money from outer continental shelf oil leases and was established to support state historic preservation offices.

Tell congress to fund preservation: Save America’s Treasures, Preserve America, National Heritage Areas, and Full Funding of the Historic Preservation Fund

Take Action!

  • Send this email to tell members of congress to support preservation programs
  • Contact your Congressional Representatives and ask them to sign onto Representative Carnahan and Representative Turner’s Dear Colleague Letter to support appropriations request
  • Join the Coalition
  • Read The National Trust’s Lobbying 101 guide for more ways to be involved
  • Attend a lecture by Donovan Rypkema, an expert on the economics of preservation, at Georgia Tech on April 7th to learn more about the benefits of preservation

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Member Spotlight

The Georgia Trust is lucky to have active partners in the field throughout the state of Georgia, assisting the Trust in identifying and protecting historic sites. Trent Myers is one such distinguished advocate, and his efforts on behalf of the Dodge County Jail, one of the Trust's 2010 Places in Peril.

When he is not working on behalf of historic places and volunteering with the Trust, Trent Myers is a member of Sutherland’s Real Estate Practice Group. Before joining Sutherland as an associate, Trent participated in the firm’s 2008 Summer Associate Program. During law school, he worked as a legal intern for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

All of us at The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation salute Trent's efforts and thank him for his tireless service on our behalf.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Trust's Places in Peril, contact Jordan Poole at
404.855.7809 or jpoole@georgiatrust.org.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Member Spotlight

Mark Rowland, center, with his wife Christy, left, and Laura Poyner, right, at the Hay House Patrons Christmas Party.

Mark Rowland of Waites & Foshee Insurance Group is a dedicated and hard-working Board Member at Hay House. This past November, he was instrumental in securing a corporate sponsorship for the event Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Tasting Auction, as well as numerous auction items. His co-workers at Waites & Foshee helped to serve wine for the distributors that evening also. Mark is a true-blue board member who is always willing to pitch in and help. The staff of Hay House and The Georgia Trust thank Mark for his service and support.

Mark Rowland is a native of Middle Georgia, married to Christy Ellis Rowland with 3 children, Cole (8), Clay (6) and Ellie (2). He graduated from Tattnall Square Academy in ’89, attended Gordon College on a baseball scholarship, and completed his BBA in Finance and Risk Management at Georgia Southern University. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at the Hay House, Mark currently is an agency principal and commercial property & casualty broker at Waites & Foshee Insurance Group, Middle Georgia’s largest privately-owned independent agency with 30+ employees and 7 locations.

Mark's dedication and enthusiasm are an inspiration to all those who have worked with him, particularly in his thoughtful and able stewardship of the Hay House .

Come visit the Hay House and other exquisite historic homes during central Georgia's premier home and garden event, Macon Gardens, Mansions and Moonlight.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

GaPA Thursday

Several bills have been introduced in the General Assembly that could positively impact preservation in Georgia!

  • SB 374 creates a Legislative Economic Development Council to evaluate statewide economic development strategies (rehab tax credits are a major economic development tool across Georgia).
  • HB 867 creates a Commission on Regional Planning to identify issues, opportunities and funding for statewide service delivery (regional historic preservation planners are part of the service delivery system).
  • HB 1202 allows conservation tax credits to be transferred from one taxpayer to another (protection of historic or archaeological properties is an eligible conservation purpose).

The General Assembly will reconvene on Monday, March 8, after a two-week recess to consider budget issues.

Take Action!

Go to www.legis.state.ga.us to:

Find more details about these bills

Follow the status of these and other bills

Communicate with your legislators



Don’t forget about the fight to fund Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America

The National Trust for Historic Preservation makes it easy for you to tell members of Congress about the importance of funding historic preservation programs.

Send Congress this email now and

tell them Preservation = Jobs!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Old House Fair

Looking for something fun this weekend?

Discover, Shop, and Learn at the 2nd Annual Decatur Old House Fair!

This Saturday, March 6th, the City of Decatur, in partnership with the DeKalb History Center and the Decatur Preservation Alliance, will hold the second annual Decatur Old House Fair, at the Holiday Inn Conference Plaza in Decatur . This day-long celebration will feature new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. Homeowners can attend how-to seminars and workshops on restoring old windows, creating a maintenance plan, tax credits for rehabilitation, historic landscapes, researching an old house, and much more. The Fair will also include a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers that specialize in areas like home improvement, historic preservation, and interior furnishings.

Seminars begin at 10a.m. Topics include:

  • Wood Window Repair and Maintenance (offered twice!)
  • Maintenance Plans for Old Houses
  • Design Strategies for Additions and New Construction in Historic Neighborhoods
  • Energy Efficiency in Old Houses
  • “Greening” Your Old House
  • Major Repairs –Wood Stripping, Plaster, and Lead Abatement
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Creating Historic Interiors in a Modern World
  • Researching Your Old House and What Style is Your House? (Bring a picture of your house!)
  • Storm Windows in Old Houses
  • Hiring a Contractor
  • Zoning, Permitting, and Preservation Commissions

Visit www.DecaturOldHouseFair.com for additional information about seminars, schedules, speakers and tickets.