There’s something inherently cool about preserving old buildings and adapting them for new uses. A recent memorable example is Boston’s historic Charles Street Jail (home to the infamous Boston Strangler and conman Frank Abagnale), which was transformed into the stunning — and aptly named — Liberty Hotel (that’s the lobby shown above).
Other notable examples of preservation and adaptive reuse from around the country are equally inspiring and demonstrate the value of preserving the historic character of cities and communities.
Thus it’s alarming to learn that the federal historic tax credit (HTC) — which has helped save more than 38,000 buildings and generated dozens of billions of dollars’ worth of real estate investment — may be at risk. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a tax reform bill drafted by the House Ways & Means Committee in February contained language that threatens to repeal the credit.
If you’re passionate about architecture and want to see historic buildings preserved by the extension of the HTC, you have an opportunity to let your voice be heard.