HISTORIC TAX CREDIT CONSULTING
BVL Historic Preservation Research offers expert "boots-on-the-ground" and personalized consulting for developers, architects and homeowners hoping to engage in the federal and state historic tax credit program. As project consultants, BVL HPR serves as on-site architectural historians from a project's conception to completion, guiding clients through the entire rehabilitation and restoration process. Because we understand construction sites are dynamic and unpredictable, our team is always on call.
BVL HPR services include gaining National Register of Historic Places status for the property, consulting with architects to produce plans in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, completing Part I-III of the Historic Tax Credit Application, conducting frequent site visits and serving as the project liaison with the State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is a list of the nation's most significant spaces and places. BVL Historic Preservation Research specializes in the research, architectural evaluation and report compilation necessary to gain National Register status for your property. Through an in-depth historic research investigation and site analysis, BVL HPR will conduct a formal evaluation of each structure’s historic architectural integrity in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, assess each structure’s historic context regarding both local and national history in accordance with the National Register of Historic Places criteria, produce a comparative analysis to prove the property’s unique elements/history and liaise with the State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service to successfully gain National Register listing. BVL HPR has been successful with every National Register nomination the firm has presented to the National Park Service, and has experience with both individual and historic district listings, as well as World Heritage nominations.
Whether you are developer seeking eligibility for the historic tax credit program or a homeowner eager to gain historic recognition for your home, BVL HPR does offer an initial National Register eligibility site visit and brief evaluation to confirm if the property is eligible for NRHP listing before engaging in the process.
HOUSE HISTORIES & PROPERTY RESEARCH
History is not a mystery - and BVL HPR is passionate and eager to uncover the story of as many historic properties a possible. From homeowners wanting to know the full story of their historic house to architects in need of targeted research on the evolution of specific architectural elements, BVL offers three tiers of property research:
* GENERAL TIMELINE
BVL HPR will produce a chronological timeline featuring the building’s change in ownership and general use, as well as its overall architectural evolution. This service is intended to provide a general understanding of the age and historic purpose of the structure.
* HISTORIC OVERVIEW
BVL HPR will highlight the key elements of the building’s story. A formal report will include a general historic overview of the property's architectural evolution, including uncovered cartography and photography, its use and ownership over time and important individuals historically associated with the structure(s).
* COMPLETE HOUSE/PROPERTY HISTORY
This service showcases the building’s entire story through a full architectural evolution and historic research investigation. In this service, BVL HPR will highlight each owner and use of the building from the date of construction to the mid-twentieth century, assess the building’s significance in Charleston’s greater historic context and detail unique historic facts associated with the building or residents. The report is presented in a professionally-designed and bounded report.