Get Your Historic Home Preservation Tax Credits Here!

One of the constant themes on “06880” — not as popular as entitled drivers and parkers, but then what is? — is real estate.

Specifically: tearing down an old home, or preserving it.

There are valid arguments on both sides of the (picket) fence. But here’s something homeowners considering both options may not know:

Connecticut has a statewide Historic Preservation Office.

And a Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.

Normally, you’d have to dig to find that information. But on Saturday, May 20 (10 a.m. to 12 noon, Westport Historical Society), an architectural preservationist for the state will present a workshop on that important topic.

Alyssa Lozupone — whose office is part of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development — will discuss the application process. She’ll describe financial calculations, plus standards for work (including such now-that-I-think-of it questions like “Can I power wash the exterior?”).

Marc Lotti — a former member of Westport’s Historic District Commission — will be there too. He’ll discuss his very successful use of the program to restore his Kings Highway North home.

Marc Lotti’s historically preserved home.

Preservation can be more costly than other alternatives. But ours is one of the few states that offers tax credits for saving historic structures.

Of course, to take advantage you first have to know about them.

Now you do.

(Click here for more information on the May 20 event.)

4 responses to “Get Your Historic Home Preservation Tax Credits Here!

  1. Morley Boyd

    Good for the Westport Historical Society for doing this.

    But I do have a question for the Westport Historic District Commission (a unit of our local government): in an email dated October 31, 2016, you informed me that you were preparing a news release to notify the residents living in the (then) newly formed Westport Center National Register District that: (a) they now were in a National Register District and (b) that their homes and/or commercial properties now potentially qualified for the historic tax credit program.

    At this point, as you well know, most property owners in the Westport Center National Register District haven’t the faintest clue that the district even exists – let alone the financial opportunity that their elevated status possibly represents for them.

    So here’s my question: How’s it going with that new release?

  2. I think there is some confusion as to who is organizing the Tax Credit Workshop. It is joint effort of the HDC, WHS and the State Historic Preservation Office initiated by the Historic District Commission. I hope that all interested parties will attend!

    Ed Gerber
    HDC Vice Chairman and WHS Immediate Past President

    • Werner Liepolt

      It would be great if the Historic District Commission could notify those who live in neighborhoods that are or are being considered for National Register District consideration of relevant meetings.

    • Morley Boyd

      Ed, as HDC Vice Chair, can you also please tell us when your commission expects to inform property owners in the new Westport Center National Register District of the district’s actual existence and, relative to this story, those residents’ new ability to possibly qualify for the Historic Tax Credits that you are now promoting?

      I’m sure you would agree that residents are much more likely to be interested in the Historic Tax Credit program if they learn that they are already pre-qualified owing to the fact that they own property in a National Register Historic District.

      Your commission specifically agreed to inform these property owners of their changed status seven months ago.

      What’s stopping you?