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HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING
April 20, 2017

The regular quarterly meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Committee (HPRC) will be held at 1:30pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The HPRC will meet in the LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom, Oklahoma History Center (third floor), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK. The public is invited to attend. (NOTE: If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation, please contact Melvena Heisch at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Historic Preservation Review Committee's January 2017 Minutes
  4. Formulation of Recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer Concerning Proposed Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places:
    1. Harrison School, 212 W. Birch Avenue, Enid, Garfield County (Nomination)
    2. Ozark Trails-Indian Meridian Obelisk, Intersection of Logan Avenue and E. Washington Avenue, Langston, Logan County (Nomination)
    3. United States Post Office Purcell, 228 West Main Street, Purcell, McClain County (Nomination)
  5. Other Business:
    1. Oklahoma's 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
    2. Update on the FY 2017 Historic Preservation Allocation
  6. Adjournment


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SHPO ANNOUNCES MAY WORKSHOPS

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office, is pleased to announce its May Workshop series. The sessions will be held May 10-12, 2017, in the Oklahoma History Center Classroom, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive (immediately northeast of the State Capitol), Oklahoma City. There is ample free parking available.

The workshops are free and open to the public, but we ask that you register by 5:00pm, Wednesday, May 3. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. To register, contact Jesse Matthews at 405/521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org. You may also register online at www.okhistory.org/shpo/workshops.php.

Design professionals who attend the workshops will qualify for HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma's Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants after the workshops. Self report your attendance to the board.

If you have questions about the content of the workshops, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.

Workshop Schedule and Descriptions

May 10 (10:30am-12:00noon) - Certified Local Governments Program: The SHPO and Municipalities Preserving Community Heritage (presented by Melvena Heisch, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer)

The National Historic Preservation Act, as amended provides for partnerships to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties in communities of all sizes. A local government joins the federal-state partnership when it achieves Certified Local Government (CLG) status. CLGs play a direct role in the nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, receive subgrants from the SHPO's annual Historic Preservation Fund allocation from the National Park Service, and may assume other SHPO duties. The workshop topics include eligibility for CLG status, minimum requirements for local historic preservation ordinances, and benefits to the local historic preservation program.

May 10 (1:30pm-4:30pm) - Introduction to Section 106 and Determinations of Eligibility for the National Register (presented by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian/National Register Program Coordinator and Cate Wood, Historical Archeologist/Section 106 Program Coordinator)

The workshop provides the basics about the review process in Oklahoma under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Topics include who are the participants in the process and what are their roles, identification and evaluation of historic properties, determination of effects on historic properties, and resolution of adverse effects. Step-by-step instructions will be provided for requesting the State Historic Preservation Office's comments on federal undertakings and for completing the Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form for standing structures.

May 11 (10:30am-4:30pm) - Working with the National Register of Historic Places presented by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian/National Register Coordinator)

The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those involved in historic preservation at all levels of government and in the private sector. The workshop provides detailed information about the National Register criteria, what listing means, the rights of property owners in the nomination process, tips for preparing successful nominations, and much more.

May 12 (10:30am-12:00noon) - Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (presented by Jennifer Bailey, Tax Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation Specialist)

Participants will learn about the federal and state investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. A detailed discussion of the Historic Preservation Certification Application, Parts 1, 2, and 3 will guide owners and developers in successfully preparing the information needed for the State Historic Preservation Office to review the project and for the National Park Service to certify it. The session is designed as a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to the Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

May 12 (1:30pm-4:30pm) - The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (presented by Jennifer Bailey, Tax Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation specialist)

The workshop features a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally known as The Standards, these common-sense principles are widely used in the historic preservation field. Whether pursuing the 20% federal and 20% state tax credits for a certified rehabilitation, planning a rehabilitation project funded with federal assistance, serving on a local historic preservation commission, or rehabilitating your historic private home, you will find the session beneficial. It is designed as a stand-alone workshop and as a companion to Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.




HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEMBERS WORKSHOP

Mark your calendar for June 7-9, 2017, for Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma's 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The program features plenary sessions, workshops, concurrent tracks of sessions, and special events. One of the workshops is designed for historic preservation commission members.

The Future of Your Community's Heritage: Historic Preservation Commission Members Workshop on Authority, Ethics, Designation, and Design Review will be presented on Friday, June 9 (8:30am-11:45am). Historic preservation commissions across Oklahoma and the nation face similar challenges in the appropriate enforcement of their local preservation ordinances, and James K. Reap, workshop instructor, will discuss these issues and how to address them.

James is an attorney who specializes in heritage conservation. He is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia. He has served as chair of preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia. He is a founding member of both the Georgia Alliance and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and is a former board member of both organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and is a past board member of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. In 2016, he was appointed by President Obama to the State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at http://www.facebook.com/okshpo; http://www.twitter.com/okshpo; and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.

If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org).




2017 STATEWIDE PRESERVATION CONFERENCE IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Save the dates, June 7-9, 2017, for Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma's 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Join your colleagues to discuss the future of historic preservation statewide and to keep current on the fundamentals for identifying and protecting the heritage of all Oklahomans. The program features plenary sessions, workshops, concurrent tracks of sessions, and special events.

The first plenary session features Carol Shull, Keeper of the National Register (retired), who will talk about the impacts of the National Historic Preservation Act on heritage preservation and community revitalization nationwide and Mick Cornett, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors (invited), who will discuss the role of historic preservation in Oklahoma City's renaissance. The second plenary session highlights the environmental benefits of historic preservation, and the speaker will be James Lindberg, Director, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Half-day workshops take place on Thursday and Friday mornings. Workshop #1: Architectural/Historic Resources Survey: A Mobile Workshop, presented by State Historic Preservation Office staff, teaches participants basic survey techniques including the use of the SHPO's standard survey form and tips for photographic documentation. Workshop #2: Historic Preservation Commissions: Authority, Ethics, Designation, and Design Review will be conducted by James K. Reap, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Master of Historic Preservation Program, University of Georgia.

The concurrent tracks of sessions feature dozens of Oklahoma preservationists and special guest speakers, and include: TRACK A: Beyond Preservation50, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation in the decades ahead; TRACK B: Trending in Preservation, highlighting new technology, techniques, and programs that improve the preservation of our heritage; and TRACK C: Preservation Fundamentals, featuring the National Register of Historic Places, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, and more.

Special events include the opening reception; many tour options (such as a hard-hat tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol rehabilitation project); Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.'s annual meeting and luncheon; and the State Historic Preservation Office's annual awards banquet.

Conference cosponsors include Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter; City of Oklahoma City; Civic Center Music Hall; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Okie Mod Squad; Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture; Stockyards City Main Street; and Urban Land Institute.

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at http://www.facebook.com/okshpo; http://www.twitter.com/okshpo; and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.

If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org) or David Pettyjohn, Executive Director, Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (405/525-5325 or david@preservationok.org).



SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND 2017 STATEWIDE PRESERVATION CONFERENCE NOW AVAILABLE

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for Oklahoma college and university students to attend Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma's 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. It will be held June 7-9, 2017, in downtown Oklahoma City (full registration and program details available in late April).

A qualified applicant is someone enrolling as a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) for the Summer and/or Fall 2017 semester(s) in any Oklahoma college or university and who is pursuing a degree in history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archeology, interior design, planning, geography, law or other field closely related to historic preservation. Applications must be received by the deadline indicated below to be considered.

Twenty (20) scholarships are available on a first-come basis to those who qualify. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee, and the application deadline is 5:00pm, Friday, May 5. For details and an application form contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org, or click below.

Scholarship Application




NRHP NOMINATION GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM THE SHPO

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) announces its annual matching grants to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations for the preparation of National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations. The SHPO has reserved $10,000 of its FY 2017 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) allocation from the US Department of the Interior for the program. The funds will be equally divided for award in two grant rounds with any funds remaining from Round 1 carried over for Round 2.

The deadline for Round 1 applications is 5:00pm, April 3, and the deadline for Round 2 applications is 5:00pm, June 5. Each grant is limited to $1,000.00, and the applicant must provide a nonfederal, cash match of at least $700.00. Grant recipients will use the grant funds and nonfederal match to retain an appropriately qualified professional to prepare a complete individual property nomination package for the NRHP. Applicants must be aware that $1,700.00 (federal grant + nonfederal match) is only an estimate of the cost for such projects and that more than the minimum $700 nonfederal match may be necessary to cover the consultant fee. Consultants must consider the nature of the property proposed for nomination and many other factors as they develop their fee proposals.

The NRHP is the catalogue of our nation's significant buildings, structures, sites, districts, objects, and landscapes important in our past. While listing is not a guarantee of preservation or of financial assistance, the NRHP status of a property is often critical to the strategy for its preservation. The NRHP provides increased public awareness of these irreplaceable resources, provides limited protection for them, qualifies property owners for federal and state tax credits under certain circumstances, and may qualify the property owner for grant assistance when such programs are funded.

To obtain an application form, click below. You may also contact the SHPO at 405/521-6249.

NRHP Grant




HELP SHPO MEET NATIONAL REGISTER GOAL

As of July 1, 2013, 1,227 Oklahoma buildings, structures, districts, sites, objects, and landscapes are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the listings are distributed across all of the state's seventy-seven counties (see the list at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/nationalregister.htm). The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oklahoma Historical Society, identifies and nominates properties for this special designation, which contributes to their preservation. To ensure that the heritage of all of the state's people is represented in the National Register and to increase public awareness of historic properties in general, the SHPO set a goal to achieve listing for at least five properties in each county.

We are very close to meeting our goal and need only ten more listings spread among six counties as follows:

Cotton County (2 listings needed)

Dewey County (1 listing needed)

Harmon County (1 listing needed)

McClain County (2 listings needed)

Major County (3 listings needed)

To help in the final push to meet the goal, you can complete the SHPO's "Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form" located at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/nrprelim.htm (then select Form Required for Preliminary Opinion) and submit to the SHPO. Or, you may contact Lynda Ozan, National Register Coordinator, at 405/522-4478 or lozan@okhistory.org with your questions or to request a hard copy of the form.

We will appreciate your help to ensure that the heritage of the entire state is represented in Oklahoma's National Register listings. The SHPO nominates properties to the National Register on a quarterly basis, and several nominations are in process at any one time. Whether a property you think qualifies for the designation is located in an underrepresented county or not, the SHPO wants to hear from you.