Over 300 landmark buildings consulted on to save and repurpose; a quarter billion dollars in private development spending; an estimated 3,465 construction jobs during a recession – that is preservation’s impact on Maine’s economy, all thanks to your support. Each year, Maine Preservation makes an appeal to its supporters to make a financial gift to the organization outside of membership toward the end of the year. Maine Preservation gratefully accepts any amount.
Lovell Town Hall (1796) awaits its new foundation after town leaders conferred with Maine Preservation’s field services.
Field Services have a tangible impact all across the state. Advisor Chris Closs was called to Lovell to consult on the oldest town hall still in service in Maine. He told them how to phase the project and how to fix the town hall’s foundation. Not only did the town adopt his advice, but they called Chris back to advise on Phase Two.
Maine Preservation’s work has helped spur 42 private redevelopment projects in Maine since 2008 with owners and developers investing $250 million leveraged by State historic preservation tax credits, which just last year were renewed through 2023. We also continue to lead the way with a Revolving Fund program that sells endangered landmarks with preservation easements to new owners. We launched a Summer Fellowship Program, where 6 college and graduate students gained experience in the preservation field through work with preservation trade companies and Maine Preservation.
This Fall Maine Preservation held the second Annual Gala in September at our headquarters; held our 40th Annual Meeting in Wiscasset in October featuring a panel of our founders and a tour of historic homes; and in November hosted the statewide Preservation Honor Awards.
Maine Preservation is the only organization providing critical preservation assistance on a statewide level. A successful Annual Appeal is essential for funding this important work.
Thank you for your generous support for Maine’s historic buildings and landscapes, and best wishes for the holidays.
R. Tobey Scott Greg Paxton
President Executive Director