Historic Preservation

Scroll down to learn about Saratoga Springs’ Historic District and its regulation, tax incentives for work on your historic property, information available from the National Parks Service on preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office, preservation organizations and preservation publications.

SARATOGA SPRINGS’ HISTORIC DISTRICT

In 1977 the City of Saratoga Springs adopted an historic review ordinance aimed at protecting the City’s rich historic architecture and neighborhoods from insensitive rehabilitation, unnecessary demolition and inappropriate new construction. Within the City’s Historic District, exterior changes on buildings, including additions, new construction and demolitions, are subject to review by the City’s Design Review Commission. Click here for more information.

The staff of the Preservation Foundation is available to assist property owners in developing plans for changes to their historic properties that are consistent with good preservation practice and in navigating the City’s Design Review process. Please don’t hesitate to call on us for assistance.

Please click here MAPS99-10E(HISTORIC ZONING) for a map detailing the protected historic districts in Saratoga Springs current as of Summer 2014.

TAX INCENTIVES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

There are several tax incentives that you may qualify for if you improve your historic property. Click here for more information.

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE

The National Parks Service is the federal agency with responsibility for historic preservation. The National Park Service is part of a national preservation partnership working with American Indian tribes, states, local governments, nonprofit organizations, historic property owners, and others who believe in the importance of our shared heritage – and its preservation.

Standards and Guidelines

To encourage consistent preservation practices the National Park Service has developed guidelines and standards that guide preservation decision-making. Of particular interest are the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, ten basic principles created to help preserve the distinctive character of a historic building and its site, while allowing for reasonable change to meet new needs. The National Parks Service website has an excellent slideshow providing Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

Preservation Briefs

The National Parks Services’ Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. They discuss issues and best practices on an extensive list of preservation topics, many of interest to Saratoga Springs property owners.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Information on the National Register, nomination forms, publications, and a database of the National Register is available here.

STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE

In the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic, archeological, and cultural resources. The SHPO website has information on: the National Register of Historic Places; tax credit programs; technical preservation guidance on exteriors, interiors and historic landscapes; and on-line tools, including a database of imaging of landmarks and districts listed National Register of Historic Places. Click here to visit the SHPO website.

ORGANIZATIONS

Saratoga PLAN helps protect the exceptional quality of life in our region by conserving open spaces and special places for present and future generations.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. Its website has a host of information on historic preservation issues, as well as information specifically for historic house owners.

The Preservation League of New York State is dedicated to the protection of New York’s diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings, districts, and landscapes.

PreserveNet, maintained by Cornell University, is designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities.

PERIODICALS

Old-House Journal is an authority on homes of every era, and has been called “the bible of old-house restoration” by the New York Times. Each issue explores hands-on restoration techniques, practical guidelines on architectural styles, historical overviews, and homeowner stories, all in a trusted, authoritative voice. Its online companion has an extensive archive of articles on restoration of historic homes.

Old House Web Ideas, advice and community for old-house enthusiasts; a well researched collection of how-to stories and product information.

Traditional Building Product and supplier information for restoration projects of all types.

This Old House magazine, the offshoot of the popular PBS show, is a great resource for ideas for your historic home.

American Bungalow is a quarterly magazine dedicated to bungalow style homes of the early 20th century (of which there are many in Saratoga Springs), the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement and the bungalow lifestyle.

Preservation is the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.