Historic Resources

Are you interested in history, old buildings, the intrigue of discovering our past through tours, informative speakers on the intricacies of restoration/renovation, lively discussion and activism involving current events? Review some of the links listed below.


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Related Organizations

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation - www.achp.gov

Capital Area Architectural and Planning Board - www.caapb.state.mn.us

Duluth, MN: Heritage Preservation Commission - www.govdocs.com/service

Faribault, MN: Heritage Preservation Commission - www.ci.faribault.mn.us/citycouncil/commissions/hpc

Historic Saint Paul - www.historicsaintpaul.org

Minneapolis, MN: Heritage Preservation Commission - www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/hpc

Minnesota Historical Society -www.mnhs.org

Minnesota Society of Landscape Architects - www.masla.org

MN State Building Codes Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings - www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/arule/1311

Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - www.mnhs.org/preserve/shpo/

National Trust for Historic Preservation - www.nationaltrust.org

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota - www.mnpreservation.org

Preserve Minneapolis: www.preserveminneapolis.org

The Society of Architectural Historians - Minnesota Chapter - www.sah.org

Secretary of Interior Standards - www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/rehab/rehab_standards.htm

St. Paul, MN Heritage Preservation Commission - www.ci.stpaul.mn.us

University of Minnesota Historic Buildings - www.uservices.umn.edu/heritage/national_register/register.htm


Building Science Corporation - www.buildingscience.com
Brick Industry Association - www.bia.org
Cass Gilbert Society - www.cassgilbertsociety.org
Copper Development Association - www.copper.org
Fine Home Building - www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy - www.savewright.org
Historic Home Works - www.historichomeworks.com
International Masonry Institute - www.imiweb.org
Minnesota HPC listing - www.mnhs.org/preserve/mho/heritage.html
Minnesota Lath and Plaster - www.mnlath-plaster.com
Minnesota National Register Properties - nrhp.mnhs.org/NRSearch.cfm
Northwest Architectural Archives - special.lib.umn.edu/manuscripts/architect.html
NPS Historic American Building Survey (HABS) - www.cr.nps.gov/habshaer
NPS Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings - www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/tax/rhb
NPS Preservation Briefs - www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/briefs/presbhom.htm
Old House Journal - www.oldhousejournal.com/index.shtml
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota - www.mnpreservation.org
Preservation Directory - www.preservationdirectory.com
Restore America HGTV- www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/grants/hgtvs-restore-america/
Traditional Building Magazine - www.traditional-building.com
Historic Preservation Players - www.mnhs.org/shpo/players.htm

This list of the most active players in Minnesota's preservation community includes agencies and organizations at the national, tribal, state and local levels as well as individuals. Website addresses or links to additional information are given where appropriate.

General source books

100 Places Plus 1: An Unofficial Architectural Survey of Favorite Minnesota Sites (AIA Minnesota, Eric Kudalis, ed.)

Valued Places: Landscape Architecture in Minnesota: Minnesota’s Favorite Places and the People Who Shaped Them (Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Frank E. Martin, ed.)

Women’s History Tour of the Twin Cities (Karen Mason and Carol Lacey)

Architecture of Minnesota (David Gebhard and Tom Martinson) A Guide to the Industrial Archeology of the Twin Cities (Society for Industrial Archeology, Nicholas Westbrook, ed.)

Self-Guided Tours

Brick and Clicks (Minneapolis tours) - www.startribune.com/news/metro/architecture

Purcell-Cutts House - www.artsmia.org/unified-vision/purcell-cutts-house/introduction-1.cfm

Malcolm Willey House - www.thewilleyhouse.com

Long Gone Minneapolis - www.lileks.com/mpls/index.html

Minneapolis Tours

Cedar Lake Trails - www.cedarlakepark.org

Minneapolis Park Board Grand Rounds - www.minneapolisparks.org
* Theodore Wirth Park
* Victory Memorial Parkway
* Mississippi River Parkway from downtown to Minnehaha Park
* Minnehaha Parkway

Saint Paul Tours

Historic Saint Paul www.historicsaintpaul.org free brochures available for self guided tours

University of Minnesota: 3 tours: south trail, north trail, West Bank trail (also Saint Paul trail) - www.uservices.umn.edu/heritage

Historic Saint Paul Website information

Financing Historic Preservation
There are many programs set up to help fund historic preservation efforts. If you’re restoring a building or just want to know what types of loans, grants and tax credits are out there, you should know about.

National Trust Small Deal Fund (SDF)

The National Trust Community Investment Corporation, in partnership with Tax Credit Capital, LLC, now offers the National Trust Small Deal Fund (SDF), a program to invest in small historic tax credit projects, which are often passed over by equity syndicators because they are comparatively high-cost. All types of properties, including housing, retail, office and mixed-use, are eligible for SDF, which operates in all 50 states. For more information, including details on project eligibility, visit www.ntcicfunds.com

The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit (RTC)
The RTC offers federal tax credits to historic property owners, creating a dollar-for-dollar reduction in owed federal taxes. A comprehensive guide to this program, including eligibility requirements, can be found on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's web site.

Minnesota’s "This Old House" Program
This program provides a break on property taxes for many homes over 45 years old. Specifically, improvements on qualifying houses that add at least $5,000 to the value of the property are not included in the property's value for tax purposes. For further information see www.mnpreservation.org/resources.tax_breaks.php