Preservation Seminar Series


October 20, 2020 – October 22, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Join us online for three seminars on preserving the historic built environment presented in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. If you are considering rehabilitation or preservation of a historic property (whether as a homeowner, business owner, or real estate developer), you will learn about the wide range of preservation tools to assist your efforts. Topics covered over the three days will include local historic landmark designation, national register listing and tax incentives and preservation easements. Presenters will be professional staff from local agencies (Charlotte Historic District Commission and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission), the State Historic Preservation Office and nonprofit groups (Preservation North Carolina and Preserve Mecklenburg Inc).

Click here to see the schedule of events.

Registration is free but contributions are welcome! Registration is automatically for all 3 programs, but you are not required to attend each one live. Recordings will be posted after each program. Programs will be live streamed from the Museum’s YouTube channel.


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Tuesday October 20 – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Local Government & Historic Preservation

Charlotte Historic District Commission – Kristi Harpst, Program Manager.

Join Kristi Harpst, program manager for the Charlotte Historic District Commission to learn:

  • How to identify community character in a neighborhood
  • What local government organizations can and cannot do to protect historic properties
  • Other various tools, resources, and action steps property owners can take to preserve individual buildings and neighborhoods


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) – Jack Thomson, Executive Director and Stewart Gray, Preservation Planner.

Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray will present an overview of the Local Historic Landmarks program of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, including:

  • Sharing important information about the process from initial identification to designation and design review
  • Exploring the benefits and challenges of designation as well as the success of the HLC revolving fund in permanently protecting historic properties (over 400 designated landmarks; one of the most successful programs in the State)

Wednesday October 21 – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Nonprofits & Historical Preservation

Preservation North Carolina (PNC) – Ted Alexander, Regional Director, Western North Carolina.

Ted Alexander, Regional Director for Preservation North Carolina joins us to share information about the resources available from Preservation North Carolina including:

  • Reasons people preserve historic properties
  • Examples of properties preserved by PNC
  • Information about the Endangered Properties Program and Revolving Fund (identifying properties, donations, bargain sales, preservation easements and covenants to preserve a property selling endangered property with preservation covenants)


Preserve Mecklenburg Inc (PMI) – Dr. Dan Morrill, Administrative Consultant.

Longtime Charlotte preservation advocate Dr. Dan Morrill will speak on PMI’s role as a private, non-profit agency which seeks to cooperate with the development community in finding economically viable means to preserve historic places in Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties. Topics include:

  • Principal real estate tools PMI employs to achieve its objectives, including renewable, assignable, exclusive options to purchase, holding preservation easements, and the acquisition of fee simple interest
  • PMI’s current projects

Thursday October 22 – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Listing on the National Register & Tax Incentives

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) – Sarah David, Survey and National Register Branch Supervisor.

Interested in having your property listed on the National Register? Sarah David of the State Historic Preservation Office will provide:

  • An overview of SHPO organization and roles
  • Explain the National Register process and steps for having a property listed as well as the criteria and the definitions of “significance” and “integrity,” which are key components for having a property listed
  • Share what listing on the National Register does and does not do


State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) – Brett Sturm, Restoration Specialist.

Building on the initial presentation by colleague Sarah David, Brett Sturm will review the main economic incentives offered by the federal and state government in support of historic preservation including:

  • The rehabilitation tax credits for income-producing and non-income-producing historic properties)
  • Mechanics of the credits—i.e., eligibility requirements, credit calculation, eligible vs. non-eligible expenses and application process
  • Architectural review standards used to certify rehab projects for tax credits (Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation)
  • Recent examples of successful tax credit projects in the greater Charlotte region
Preservation Seminar Series