We sustain our region’s historic resources by influencing decision-makers and building owners and by supporting neighborhood advocates. We also initiate and support legislation and are prepared to take legal action when necessary. We transmit e-mail alerts to our members as issues arise.
We assisted with the development of Cincinnati’s historic preservation ordinance, revision of the building code and the preservation of Cincinnati School Buildings.
We have led and assisted efforts to prevent demolition and promote the restoration of local landmarks including the Memorial Hall, Union Terminal, Old St. George, and the Walnut Hills Presbyterian Church Tower.
How Can buildings be saved?
What can be done to keep losses of irreplaceable historic buildings from happening? The most effective approach is prevention. Here are a few actions that can be taken at the earliest opportunity by preservationists and local government working together to save our heritage and quality of life from uncaring owners.
- Identify properties that are at risk, i.e. old houses in commercial areas. The Hamilton County inventory by the Cincinnati Preservation Association (f.k.a. the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation) is a good place to start in identifying historic properties in the area.
- Designate these properties as historic landmarks or districts by local ordinance.
- Inform owners about the 20% federal tax credit for historic rehabilitation of income-producing properties.
- Promote the donation of preservation easements, a voluntary and permanent means of protection through deed restriction that often affords the donor a tax deduction. Property must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or locally designated and certified as meeting NRHP standards. CPA accepts easements throughout Hamilton County and northern Kentucky.
- Use moral persuasion. Sometimes this works, sometimes not.
- Be prepared to buy the property if you have to. Ultimately this is the most certain way to control it.
- Lobby for the continuation of the two-year state tax credit for rehabilitation of historic owner-occupied and income-producing properties. Ask your local government or organization to endorse this program. Contact CPA Preservation Director for more information.
- Contact CPA when a historic landmark is in jeopardy. Be prepared to provide the address of the property when you call us so that we can look it up in the inventory.
- Take a principled stand and avoid doing business with those who destroy our precious historic resources and let them know you’re doing so.