Frequently asked questions
Below you'll find some of the most common questions we receive. Just click + to expand the answer box. (We also get questions such as "what should I do with the old purse I found in the walls of my house?" and "how can I found out if someone famous lived in my house?")
"However, before this occurs, you can, or the property owner should contact the State historic preservation office (SHPO.) The SHPO is the state agency that oversees historic preservation efforts in their state. There may be state or local preservation laws that the owner should be aware of before they undertake a project with a historic property."
One of Preservation Pennsylvania’s core missions is to provide assistance to individuals, organizations and communities who want to plan for and preserve special places with exceptional meaning.
Thanks to the support of our members and generous donors we are able to provide limited hours of free advisory, planning or educational assistance to jump start a project.
We also encourage you to review the network of partners listed. Despite our best efforts to be of service, we are not always able to dedicate significant staff time to every request for help. Therefore, we have compiled this supplemental preservation community contact information for your convenience.
In addition to the resources noted here, we recommend that you contact your local preservation/historic organization, as they are more familiar with the places and issues of the region.
As always, if you do not find the information that you need you are welcome to contact us using the information below. We will then do our best to put you in contact with an individual or organization that can best handle your questions.
Please let us know how we can assist you. Use our Contact Form (under "About Us").
Good luck with your projects!
Historic Resource Inventories
Historic Resource Survey Forms
National Register Nominations
Tax Credit Applications
Condition Assessment + Preservation Treatment Plans
Outreach & Communications
Defensible Decision Making
Preserving Your Borough (basic tools for preserving communities)
Certified Local Government Basics
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
Design in Downtown Historic Districts
The Value of Authenticity (re: Alternative Materials)
Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
Adaptive Reuse: The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Rehabilitating Existing Buildings for New Uses
Fire Detection and Suppression for Buildings in Historic Districts
New Construction in Historic Districts
The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania
From the Golden Plough to the Golden Arches: Roadside Architecture
Custom topics can be prepared with sufficient notice. Our professional staff has a wide range of expertise and is passionate about sharing preservation knowledge with others.
Looking for more?
Check the other pages in the Resources section (Expertise, Funding, Partners). Our News section is also a great resource for interesting preservation stories from across the state and great resources and news-you-can-use . Check out some of the recent posts below. And don't forget to sign up for our monthly e-news!