National Historic Landmark Update

The long awaited update of the National Historic Landmark designation for Nantucket has been approved and signed by the Secretary of the Interior. Although the island has been recognized as a national treasure since 1966 – the first year the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark programs were implemented – only Nantucket’s structures built prior to 1900 were considered contributing to the island’s historic character. The update extends the period of significance from 1900 to 1975; it also recognizes the significance of Nantucket’s 19th and 20th century resort industry and the island’s national role in the evolution of land conservation and historic preservation – in addition to Nantucket’s whaling era.

The NHL designation does not change local controls, but it can provide benefits for property owners of architecturally significant buildings of the 20th century. The distinction means these buildings can be considered contributing in the eyes of the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), an important step when “relief” from building codes is sought for historic structures or when owners wish to place preservation easements on the post-1900 structures. Prior to the update, the MHC could not approve these requests. The update will also make federal tax credits available for owners of 20th century structures, who wish to participate in historic rehabilitation projects.

Although the extended date will not necessarily make a property owner eligible for these benefits, as the structure would still need to be deemed historic, it is a critical step for preserving these structures and a great honor. National Historic Landmarks remain the highest designation for historic buildings and districts in the country.

The NHL update project was begun by the Nantucket Preservation Trust in 2008 with a grant from the Community Preservation Fund.

NPT Welcomes 2013 Interns

The Nantucket Preservation Trust is pleased to welcome our 2013 Interns, Kelly Perkins and Kara Livintas. The NPT’s intern are students at The Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) field school, which is in affiliation with The University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program. For more information regarding PIN please click here.

Kelly Perkins is from Longwood, Florida. She attended New York University for her undergraduate studies in history, journalism, and art history. During her time at NYU, Kelly spent time abroad in Florence, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic, focusing on journalism, historic preservation, and art history. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Kelly decided to pursue her knowledge in historic preservation, and in May 2013, she received her master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Florida. While attending UF, Kelly attended a global heritage studio in Indonesia, where she focused on developing a heritage tourism program for West Sumatra. Kelly first came to Nantucket two years ago to attend the Preservation Institute: Nantucket, one of the oldest preservation-minded field schools in the United States. She returned to Nantucket to work at the Nantucket Preservation Trust to expand her knowledge in non-profit organizations, increase her research skills, and enjoy the summer on this beautiful island.

Kara Livitinas is a second year Master’s student in the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program in Gainesville, Fl. With a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, Kara uses her pragmatic design skills to find creative solutions for preservation issues. It was at Pratt that her interest in preservation developed. For her senior thesis she proposed a solution to reuse Philip Johnson’s 1964 World’s Fair NY State Pavilion. Currently, her area of study focuses on community engagement strategies to help involve local stakeholders in adaptive use projects for historic structures within their own neighborhoods. She has been fortunate enough to study design and preservation in the US, Europe and Southeast Asia. As a Philidelphia native, she hopes to return north to begin her career in the Historic Preservation field at the end of this year. 

NPT Hires Marisa Holden as Marketing Associate

The Nantucket Preservation Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of Marisa Holden as the marketing associate. Marisa is a born and raised Nantucket Native who graduated with a Public Relation degree from Suffolk University. It was not until her time spent away at college in Boston and spending a semester abroad in Australia, that she truly recognized the island’s charm. She has been drawn back to her roots and has been living on the island since graduating in 2012. Due to growing up on the island, it’s preservation is something she holds close to heart. Marisa will work with our current staff Michael May and Ema Hudson to advertise, promote and further the growth of our organization.