Tennessee city may offer tax breaks to historic home owners
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The metro council of Nashville, Tennessee, is considering a tax break for owners of historic homes who choose to improve their properties.
NPS offering to lease part of historic site at Canada border
CALAIS, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service is looking for someone to lease a house located on a historic site near the border of Maine and Canada.
Mississippi editorial roundup
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San Francisco reverses order to rebuild historic home
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have reversed an order that would have forced a man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra to...
Novelist David Baldacci gifts $1M to Mark Twain home
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The historic home in Hartford where Mark Twain and his family once lived has received a $1 million gift from bestselling novelist David Baldacci and his wife.
HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Renovations are planned next year at President Franklin D. Roosevelt's historic home on the Hudson River.
The National Historic Site mansion will be closed to tours...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A non-profit group is hoping to save historic homes that were damaged when a powerful tornado swept through Missouri's capital city last month.
ATLANTA (AP) — A group that advocates for saving historic homes and places in Georgia plans events throughout the state in May to celebrate National Preservation Month.
Residents speak out on proposed rules to demolish old homes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Some residents of a historic neighborhood in Fayetteville agree that there needs to be a process to review demolition of historic homes, but they differ on regulations...
Dubuque history buff cares for historic homes, volunteers
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Mary Lynn Neuhaus loves history.
Her passion for it drives her to care for historic homes and help give people a glimpse of Dubuque's earlier days.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada, Reno is moving forward with plans to demolish some of the historic homes on the edge of the campus this summer.
Bank takes possession of historic Mississippi home and inn
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi historic home and inn now belongs to a local bank.
The Natchez Democrat reports no one on Friday met the $4.7 million minimum bid set by the bank to buy Dunleith Historic Inn and The Castle Restaurant.
Mississippi city could restore neglected historic home
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Officials in a southwest Mississippi city may take the restoration of a burned-out historic home into their own hands.
The Natchez Democrat reports the owner of Arlington, which was built in 1818 and burned in 2002, hasn't answered charges accusing him of demolition by neglect after 150 days.
Bank to sell historic Mississippi home and inn at auction
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi historic home and inn will be auctioned after a bank foreclosed.
The Natchez Democrat reports the Dunleith Historic Inn will be auctioned Feb. 1. Owner Michael Worley filed for personal bankruptcy last year, citing $107 million in debts and $80 million in assets.
The house is among the most recognized antebellum structures in Natchez.
Mount Vernon displays earliest known Washington portrait
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — The earliest known portrait of George Washington is on public display at his historic home.
Washington's Mount Vernon estate put the 1772 portrait by Charles Willson Peale on display Thursday in its museum and education center.
The portrait is on loan from Washington and Lee University and is expected to stay at Mount Vernon for the next two years.
Park service seeks volunteer to move historic home
CALAIS, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service is asking for help moving a historic home otherwise at risk of demolition.
The Bangor Daily News reports that the 135-year-old McGlashan-Nickerson House will be demolished if no one volunteers to move it off the park service's property in Red Beach neighborhood in Calais.
Burning Man backs out of offer to move historic Reno homes
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The realty company for the Burning Man organization has withdrawn its application to relocate 10 historic homes in the Gateway District of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Historic home by police precinct being rehabbed for officers
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A historic home located next to a Savannah police precinct is being restored for use as living quarters for newly enlisted officers.
City officials have approved an agreement with the Historic Savannah Foundation to rehabilitate the 1890s duplex in keeping with its historic character. The two-story home sits next to the Savannah Police Department's new Central Precinct.
Richmond area historic sites offering free admission
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Twenty of the Richmond region's historic sites are offering visitors free admission this weekend.
The sites include museums, historic homes and other attractions that cover 400 years of history.
Each site will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a "time travelers passport," which are available to download from each attraction's website.
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Federal grants awarded to history, archaeology projects
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $476,000 have been awarded to 11 historic preservation and archaeology projects in Indiana communities.
The National Park Service grants announced last week include three of more than $50,000 each to Ball State University for projects in Henry, Montgomery and Ripley counties.
Historic Medora home gets restoration
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — A historic home in a North Dakota tourist town has been restored to former glory.
The Schafer Cabin was built in 1967 as a small-one-bedroom cabin for the curator of Medora's museum, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
4 historic Sioux Falls homes spared from demolition
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls City Council has spared four historic homes from demolition.
The 6-0 vote on Tuesday to save the homes flew in the face of plans to redevelop an entire city block, and came after lengthy public input from the site developer's attorney, historic preservation advocates and neighbors, according to the Argus Leader.
Executive director of historic home in Mississippi fired
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The executive director of a historic home and museum in Mississippi has been fired.
WLOX-TV reported Friday that Stephen McKinney's firing comes less than two months after he was hired to lead Beauvoir, a home of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. McKinney was hired June 22.
Historic home of blues artist W.C. Handy returned to family
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Carlos Handy said his grandfather had an incredible talent, but would not have reached the level of "Father of the Blues" without reaching deep inside himself and his origins.
"His soul, his natural philosophy, developed here," Carlos Handy said of W.C. Handy. "We owe a lot to Florence."
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Officials in a southwest Mississippi city say they're trying to save a burned-out historic home built in 1818.
The Natchez Democrat reports the city of Natchez has begun legal proceedings against the owner of Arlington, which burned in 2002, accusing him of demolition by neglect.
DETROIT (AP) — A development team has closed on the purchase of 128 parcels in northwest Detroit as part of a massive reinvestment in one of the city's neighborhoods.
Fitz Forward says the parcels in the Fitzgerald neighborhood are part of a development plan that includes repairing and remodeling 100 vacant historic homes, installing green infrastructure and demolishing homes that can't be saved.
It says 119 properties were bought from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A recent University of Nevada, Reno graduate has her eyes set on a nontraditional career.
Allison Monterey Blair was honored as the Hertz Medal Scholar by the university for having the highest grade-point average in the Class of 2018.
The 22-year-old says she wants to look for jobs at historic homes, museums and parks ranging from places such as Death Valley to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.
Tastes clash as residents replace historic homes
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A shady lane overlooking Megansett Bay was developed as part of Falmouth's burgeoning tourist industry at the turn of the century, when transportation by train and then by automobile made the seaside location an attractive destination.
Abbies Lane boasts two dozen homes built between 1880 and 1920, some sitting atop high foundations to better capture the ocean view and accompanying breezes, and several with wrap-around porches for summertime lounging.
Rauners move back to renovated Illinois governor’s mansion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's moving day for Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner, who are returning to the Illinois Governor's Mansion after $15 million in renovations on the historic home.
The Rauners led the fundraising campaign to restore the 1855 home, which is one of the nation's oldest continuously occupied governor's residences.
SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi town is giving permission to the demolition of a historic home.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that the Summit town council approved plans for owners to sell what's known as the Stockdale house. A company will demolish it, salvaging building materials.
When Leo and Lucia Huntington began their two-year home search, they knew they wanted a charming home in a convenient location.
“We looked at some older homes, and they appealed to us aesthetically,” Lucia Huntington said. “That’s when we started to zero in on what we wanted.”
They found a 1912 Craftsman-style home in the architecturally prominent Rockwood neighborhood on Spokane’s South Hill.
Tomb of President Andrew Jackson vandalized in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at Andrew Jackson's historic home in Tennessee say the seventh president's tomb has been vandalized and marred by profanities.
Andrew Jackson Foundation President and CEO Howard Kittell said the vandalism was discovered early Friday at The Hermitage, the former president's home and museum in Nashville.
UNR to take proposals for relocating 12 historic homes
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada, Reno says it will take proposals from the public for the transfer of ownership and relocation of 12 historic houses in its Gateway District.
KRNV-TV reported Thursday that university officials consider the Gateway District a key part of its 10-year master plan.
The plan is focused on accommodating the school's projected enrollment of 25,000 students and creating more of a geographic connection to Downtown Reno.
Cool Spaces: Chagrin Falls home/garden tour includes retired couple’s renovated home: (photos)
Cool Spaces: Chagrin Falls home/garden tour includes retired couple's renovated home: (photos)
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - - Bill and Betsy Bryan feel like they're living in the right home at the right time.
The retired couple recently moved into a two-story Chagrin Falls "bungalow" that feels cozy and manageable for just the two of them, but also has fun splashes of glitter and glamour, and ample wall space to accommodate their extensive art collection.
Jawbone archway removed from Captain’s historic home
EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A strange archway built from the jawbone of a finback whale has been taken down from outside a historic home on Cape Cod.
The Cape Cod Times reports a jawbone archway was removed from the Captain Edward Penniman House on the Cape Cod National Seashore this week because it is deteriorated and posed a danger to the public.
Rehabarama renews, restores historic homes in Highland Park
Restoring a rundown historic home is a costly, extremely detail-oriented challenge. Doing it for free — for a perfect stranger — is a true labor of love.
“We want to help, We want to give love to others,” said Jose Del Bosque, 45, of Cotovi Architectural Interiors, one of several local companies that donated time and crews to the city’s annual Rehabarama, a volunteer service event that provides repair and maintenance on the exteriors of aging, historic homes in San Antonio’s older neighborhoods.
‘We want to be a good neighbor:’ Church considers alternatives to demolishing homes for parking lot
Neighbors rallied Monday night to ask a Raleigh church to save some historic homes that are slated to be demolished.
Hayes Barton Baptist Church wants to tear down six homes it owns on White Oak Road in order to build a 78-space parking lot.
“They are good, neighborly people that are stuck on a bad idea,” resident Adam Mitchell said of church leaders.
Church leaders and neighbors came together at a meeting Monday night to discuss the idea, but they had a big difference of opinion.
Five Points residents unhappy about plan to demolish historic homes, build church parking lot
A debate is brewing in Raleigh’s Five Points community between a church and its neighbors as Hayes Barton Baptist Church wants to tear down several old homes to make way for a parking lot.
In Raleigh’s historic Hayes Barton community, six homes on White Oak Road are ground zero for where history and progress intersect in the Five Points area.
“It’s kind of an anchor in the Five Points area,” said David Hailey with Hayes Barton Baptist Church.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A developer is moving forward with plans to restore four historic homes in northeastern Iowa even as state lawmakers consider curtailing historic preservation tax credits that are essential to the project.
Ridgefield house actually two historic homes in one
RIDGEFIELD — It’s rare to find houses from the early 1800s still in good condition. It’s even less common to find two houses from that period blended into one.
The Federal-style house at 143 Wilton Road West is just that. In the late 19th-century, the 1810 Benjamin Keeler house was added to its northern neighbor, the 1814 Lewis Nash House.
“That’s special,” said Jack Baldaserini, the listing agent for the property.
UA art gallery planned at historic Fayetteville house
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A historic home downtown will have temporary tenants while crews repair the building, which may lead to a more lasting arrangement.
Molly Rawn, the city's tourism director, introduced to the Advertising and Promotion Commission a deal with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville's School of Art for a three-month residency at Walker-Stone House.
Norma Bartol: Saving Greenwich’s history, one house at a time
Imagine my pleasure to see the headline “New Incentives Aim to Save More Historic Homes” and learn that Planning and Zoning officials have increased development incentives for residents who agree to protect their homes and label them historic.
Spokane City Council sets vote on historic property preservation bill
Spokane residents will have the option of banding together to slow development of historic homes and buildings under a measure up for a vote Monday by the City Council.
City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear has been working for nearly a year on the new law, an effort launched after concerns about the destruction of two historic houses in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood to make way for an apartment building in the fall of 2016.
New incentives aim to save more historic homes in Greenwich
GREENWICH — In an effort to save more older homes in town, Planning and Zoning officials have increased development incentives for residents who agree to protect their homes and label them historic.
More structures will be allowed on some lots under the recently approved incentives. They also permit an increase in allowable Floor Area Ratio — a calculation used to determine how much usable space a dwelling can have — depending on where the property is on the town’s zoning map.
The Riverview District in Kankakee has some of the area's most notable historic homes. But on the west side of town, on Grace Street, sits an Alside model home, built in 1967 by architect Emil Tessin. It boasts original lighting, cabinets, tiling, sliding glass doors and motorized shutters. The only one of its kind in Kankakee County, the house planted among colonial and more recently built habitats stands out with its low, clean lines, graphic paneling and large windows.
Authors work to save historic Outer Banks homes
CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — The old house along N.C. 168 south of Moyock still has hardwood floors nearly 300 years old, hand-hewn beams held by wooden pegs and the same slightly hazy kitchen windows where a plantation owner once looked upon his lands.
Owners Sandra and Robert Justiss Jr. have labored for 10 years to restore and maintain this historic home and are still learning about its story.
"I've tried to stay true to the period as I could without it becoming a museum," Sandra said.
Foodie News: Raleigh’s first ‘pay what you can’ cafe opens Monday
A Place at the Table will open this Monday as Raleigh’s very first “pay-what-you-can” style restaurant, joining the list of nearly 60 to 70 restaurants of this kind worldwide. It will be located in the former Café de los Muertos space at 300 W. Hargett Street.
A historic home in Minneapolis inspires a makeover – and a ministry
Renee Carlisle feels called to share her home with total strangers.
Specifically, strangers who are in the Twin Cities to do faith-based mission work.
A lot of people need a home away from home, said Carlisle, who has gone on international mission trips and serves as missionary coordinator for her church.