The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program identifies, evaluates, registers, and preserves the state's historic and cultural resources and seeks to instill a preservation ethic in future generations of Arkansans. The agency also houses the Main Street Arkansas program, which works with local communities to revitalize downtown commercial areas.
In the mid-1970s, the areas in Little Rock around the State Capitol and Governor's Mansion were in decline, largely neglected by planning and development efforts.
Recognizing that something had to be done to protect the face the state presented to its citizens and visitors, the Arkansas General Assembly created the Capitol Zoning District Commission to protect the unique character of these neighborhoods by acting as a special planning and historic preservation commission.
To encourage the preservation of historic buildings the federal government offers a program of tax incentives to support the rehabilitation of historic and older buildings for income-producing purposes.
A state law passed in 2009 allows Arkansans to claim a portion of their investment in historic properties as a credit on their state income taxes. This new program, administered by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), will encourage the rehabilitation of historic properties and will foster revitalization efforts in Arkansas’s historic downtowns and neighborhoods.
The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas has been a statewide voice for preservation in Arkansas for over twenty-five years. The Alliance is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused on preserving Arkansas's architectural and cultural resources. Founded in 1981, the Alliance's mission is to educate, advocate and assist preservation efforts across the state, through educational programs centered on architectural heritage, advocating for preservation legislation, and assisting owners of historic properties with the means and expertise to preserve and restore historic structures.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), administers various single family mortgage insurance programs. These programs operate through FHA-approved lending institutions which submit applications to have the property appraised and have the buyer's credit approved. These lenders fund the mortgage loans which the Department insures. HUD does not make direct loans to help people buy homes.
The Section 203(k) program is the Department's primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. As such, it is an important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization and for expanding homeownership opportunities.
The MacArthur Park Historic District is the only local historic district within the City of Little Rock, which means it is the only place where an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness is required prior to making any change to the exterior of any structure. To assist you with making an application, the Little Rock Historic District Commission has developed the MacArthur Park Historic District - Guidelines for Rehabilitation and New Construction.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America's historic places.
Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources.
Perhaps the best known and most popular of the AHPP's programs, the National Register of Historic Places, is the country's official list of historically significant sites worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service under the Secretary of the Interior. Properties listed in the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. These resources contribute to an understanding of the historical and cultural foundations of the United States.
The mission of the North Little Rock Historic District Commission is to effect and accomplish the protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of such areas and districts which represent or reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history. The Commission’s actions in reviewing and approving construction projects within the city’s historic districts is intended not only to safeguard those areas for the city, but to stabilize and improve property values in such districts, foster civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past, protect and enhance the city’s attractions to tourists and visitors, strengthen the economy of the city, and promote the use of historic districts and landmarks for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the people of the city.
Preservation Action is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives.
Preserve America is a federal initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage.
This collection contains the research files of the Quapaw Quarter Association including files on individual homes and businesses arranged by address and numerous photographs.
The Standards are neither technical nor prescriptive, but are intended to promote responsible preservation practices that help protect our Nation's irreplaceable cultural resources. For example, they cannot, in and of themselves, be used to make essential decisions about which features of the historic building should be saved and which can be changed. But once a treatment is selected, the Standards provide philosophical consistency to the work.
Old-House Journal Online provides resources for restoring old houses. Find products and services for homes built before 1950 and everything you'll need for your old-house restoration projects.
A guide on rehabilitation by the City of Oakland Planning Department.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings
Not since the days of the oil crisis in the 1970's have Americans been so focused on energy consumption, especially weatherization. Just as the cost of heating and cooling has risen, so has the awareness of just how much energy seeps out of an average home every day. Central to this discussion is the role of older and historic buildings – and making them more energy efficient without jeopardizing their unique character. While experience has clearly shown this is possible, in practice, weatherization approaches vary greatly and can result in the unnecessary removal and loss of historic features – most often original windows.
Windows are the most visible, yet commonly under-appreciated components of older and historic homes and buildings.
While being very beautiful, original historic windows also serve a great purpose – they impart a building's inside-outside connection. They provide ventilation and light, and can function as emergency egress. Above all, they offer clues to a building's history because they are integral aspects of architectural design.
A report produced by the Preservation Green Lab, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers insight for homeowners weighing the financial and energy tradeoffs between replacing or repairing older, less efficient windows. This analysis, Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement, builds on previous research by examining multiple window improvement options, comparing them to replacement windows across multiple climate regions.
Single-pane double-hung windows from the 19th century don't have the best of reputations. They can be notoriously drafty, full of rattles, loose in the joints, or can simply refuse to budge. But as a number of studies have shown, when these windows are properly weatherstripped and paired with good storm windows, they can match the performance of new double-pane units for much less than the new ones cost.