For the first “Friday Find” post of 2016 we wanted to share with you information that will help encourage more easement contributions.
This “FIND” may give you a new reason to consider placing a preservation easement on your historic property on island. On December 18, 2015 President Obama signed a new tax bill that includes 22 tax breaks. One of the 22 makes permanent the Federal Conservation Tax Deduction, which allows property owners to deduct all or part of the donated value of a historic preservation easement from their taxable Federal income. This enhanced incentive fixes the number of year’s donors can take a deduction from 6 to 16 years. Also, the maximum deduction one can take has increased from 30% of their Annual Gross Income (AGI) in any year to 50%. This enhancement is a great achievement for land conservationists and those in the historic preservation field, and most importantly those looking to place easements on their property. If you are interested in learning more about preservation easements and the NPT easement program please contact our Executive Director, Michael May for more information.
As we step into the new year it’s a time to look at the past. Below are three properties, which we found but unfortunately no longer exist. It is our hope you will join us in 2016 by working to
preserve our past for the future!
The Geodesic Dome
Situated off Cliff Road adjoining the Tupancy Links, this unusual structure was built by Dr. Richard Morgan of South Lincoln, Massachusetts, in 1960. (Curiously, nearby in Lincoln, was the home of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School.) A newspaper account at the time described Nantucket’s Geodesic Dome as “a most unusual and modernistic type house now being assembled by local builder James Lamb of Wauwinet.” That year, professional photographer Michael Vaccaro photographed its construction and the completed house for Look magazine. Geodesic-dome houses were still rare at the time – Buckminster Fuller had patented the house type in 1954 (although the concept originated in 1922 in Germany). It was not until after the 1964 World’s Fair that the geodesic-dome house became popular nationwide, reaching its peak production in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The house on Cliff Road was demolished in 2002.
The “Pink House”
Today the island has strict exterior restrictions regulated by the Historic District Commission (HDC). Included in these restrictions are eleven approved exterior paint colors, none of which are pink. The house was owned by Elizabeth “Siki” Wagley Lucas Evans and located at 260 Polpis Road. Today it’s exterior paint would not pass HDC regulations. The owner must have been a fan of pink, as you can see in the photo below even the interior was pink! The historic property is one that was lost after being sold in the late 90’s.
Monument Square Grocery
Monument Square Grocery, built by Robert McCleave between 1869 (the year he bought the property) and 1887 (the year of the first Sandborn Insurance Co. map of Nantucket). James B. Coffin ran a grocery business at this location, advertised in the 1897 Nantucket Directory; it was Whittemore Gardner who named his business Monument Square Grocery in 1907. The grocery store, which in the past was located at 106 Main Street sadly no longer exists. In 2001 the building was demolished but not without a fight! The photo below highlights passionate preservationists who attempted to block the demolish of the property.
Start the new year on the right foot by showing your support of Nantucket’s architectural heritage. Without the support of our members we would not be able to continue our mission to:
“Preserve Nantucket’s architectural heritage for present and future generations”
We found a fun and festive way you can support the NPT tonight, Friday December, 18th. The NPT is one of several non-profits to be included in the Dreamland Theater’s “Give bACK Movie Night” special screening series, which runs October through May. This evening the Dreamland Theater will be screening Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip starting at 6pm. A $1.50 of every ticket sold to the designated screening will be donated from the NPT. Spread the word and enjoy a fun night, while supporting the NPT!
Look who we found on island, Chris O’Reilly and his fellow North Bennet Street School (NBSS), Preservation Carpentry classmates! For those who are not aware, O’Reilly is our first full-time scholarship recipient and is currently underway in his second, and final year attending the NBSS’s Preservation Carpentry program in Boston’s North End. Recently he returned home to the island with his classmates for a two-week stay and worked on two historic properties.
The Nantucket Cottage Hospital Thrift Shop located at 17 India Street (NPT easement property) received a grant from the CPC to restore the building’s fabric. O’Reilly and his fellow classmates were able to partake in this restoration process by making plumb one side of the building’s wall, which had buckled.
The group was also able to work on their timber framing skills at 12 Liberty Street or better known as the Macy-Christian House, owned by the Nantucket Historical Association.
Learn more about our scholarship program by clicking here and to learn more about the NBSS, Preservation Carpentry program click here.