Maine Preservation, founded in 1972, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit member-based statewide historic preservation organization.
Our Mission is to promote and preserve historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods, strengthening the cultural and economic vitality of Maine communities.
We envision a Maine where vibrant, active communities value and sustain their historic character.
Maine Preservation’s primary programs and activities include:
- Field Service Program, launched in summer 2009, offers on-site assistance and recommendations to organizations, local officials, property owners and developers to help revitalize historic buildings.
- Protect & Sell Program (formerly known as the Revolving Fund), established in 2009 , acquires significant endangered historic properties throughout the state and catalyzes their rehabilitation by re-selling to private owners who agree to rehabilitate them under preservation easements. Upon resale, proceeds are returned to the Protect & Sell Program for reuse on future properties.
- Easements program preserves historic properties in perpetuity through voluntary agreements with owners recorded in the property deed. The easements are monitored by Maine Preservation and underwritten by a management fund.
- Tax Credit Projects Maine Preservation provides technical assistance to help owners and developers use both State of Maine and National historic tax credits, which have sparked over a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in investment in Maine since 2008. Maine Preservation also engages as a partner in projects in order to extend the use of the credit and increased project feasibility.
- Maine Preservation Honor Awards celebrate excellence in leadership, rehabilitation and craft.
- Maine’s Most Endangered List boosts local efforts and focuses statewide media attention on threatened places. Combined with Field Service assistance and seed grants, this list seeks to help projects succeed.
- Maine Preservation magazine is our new full-color annual summary of preservation activity in Maine.
- Statewide preservation conference gathers a broad range of parties from throughout the state to discuss economic development, community revitalization and technical advances in the field.
- Workshops teach wooden window restoration, masonry, plaster repair and other preservation skills.
- Education and Advocacy for preservation issues seeks funding, incentives and preservation successes on the national, state and local levels.
- Website features an online resource directory for historic preservation in Maine.
- Books and Publications feature Maine’s unique architectural legacy, for sale at our office and online bookstore.