“Sensory overload” is the best way to describe yesterday’s historic district building tour and tax credit field day.
In terms of educational content, the field day was intended to answer a few basic questions with respect to processes involved with rehabilitating, modifying, and restoring listed historical properties located in designated historical districts.
If you are the owner of such a property and wish to rehabilitate it for use, what are the rules? What canm you do and not do? How do you go about it in such a manner that will enable you to claim the 20% federal tax credit?
What can be changed, what must remain the same? What are character-defining features of a façade? What are the rules concerning windows? How do you restore brickwork? What is the application procedure?
Like I said, just a few simple questions ...
From the layman’s point of view, yesterday provided the rare opportunity to get inside three historical structures and see what’s behind their façades, all the while listening to an architect (David Duvall) discuss design elements and construction techniques, with background provided by note local historian David Barksdale.
All in all, it was an amazing learning experience.
Readers, bear with me today as I sift through Wednesday’s photos and post a few notes about each of the three buildings featured during the downtown field day. First will be the Reisz building, followed later this afternoon by Shrader Stables and the Baptist Tabernacle.
While I’m not the person to provide technical details yesterday's program, if you have questions or wish to learn more, contact me privately and I’ll direct you to the people who can help.