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Maine Preservation


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.


Protect & Sell Program

McCulloch House The historically and architecturally significant Hugh McCulloch House in Kennebunk, constructed ca. 1782, is now for sale for the first time since 1801, through our Protect & Sell Program! Read more about the McCulloch House in our Historic Real Estate listings.

Honor Awards

Maine Preservation's 20th Honor AwardsIMG_1305 Will be held on Tuesday, November 7th

from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Portland Country Club

Celebrate extraordinary Preservation project around the state.



For more information: visit here.

Field Services

Demo Maine Preservation offers preservation guidance to the stewards of historic buildings in Maine from our professional Field Service Advisor, Christopher Closs. His advice can help get a project off the ground, find resources, or steer a project in the right direction. read more...

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