What We Do
Maine Preservation, founded in 1972, is a 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.
Programs and Activities
Maine Preservation’s primary programs and activities include:
- Field Service Program offers initial guidance on-site assistance to organizations, local officials, owners and developers revitalizing historic buildings.
- Protect & Sell Program works to sell significant historic properties throughout Maine to new private owners who agree to rehabilitate them in accordance with a preservation easement.
- Easements are voluntary agreements with owners, recorded in the property deed, to preserve historic properties in perpetuity. Easements are monitored by Maine Preservation and underwritten by stewardship contributions.
- Tax Credit Projects provides technical assistance to owners and developers seeking to use state and federal historic tax credits, which since 2008 have sparked 94 privately developed projects investing over $500 million in Maine. Maine Preservation is a nonprofit partner in five of these projects that have invested more than $32 million, ensuring the projects’ economic viability.
- Honor Awards celebrate excellence in historic preservation leadership, rehabilitation and craft, and bring the preservation industry in Maine together for an annual celebration.
- Annual list of Most Endangered Historic Places focuses statewide media attention and boosts local efforts to save threatened places.
- Annual Events including the Old House Forum & Annual Meeting (April); the Gala (September) and the Preservation Honor Awards (November).
- Advocacy: Maine Preservation is the statewide source for information and advocacy on state and federal historic tax credits, endorses the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code, promotes the Historic Preservation Revolving Loan Fund and advocates on other preservation-related issues.
- Summer Fellows Program provides a nationally unique opportunity for graduate preservation students with hands-on experience through field work with contractors as well as statewide preservation work at our headquarters.
- Online Resources include the Preservation Professionals Directory, our Ask an Old House Pro column with Down East Magazine and extensive historic preservation information. We also offer Books and Publications chronicling Maine’s unique architectural legacy for sale online and at our office.