Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Ohio Historical Society
The Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) is the official historic preservation agency of the State of Ohio. The Ohio Historic Preservation Office:
The office is funded in part by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund. The Society received $1,093,803 for 2010 operations of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, which represents an increase of 11.5% from 2009. The Society provided $205,421 in cash from Line 504 of its budget, to help meet the required 40% match to the federal grant, and non-cash match through its federally negotiated indirect cost rate.
- Prepares and distributes a state historic preservation plan
- Identifies historic places and archaeological sites
- Nominates eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places
- Reviews significance and rehabilitation work on historic buildings for federal and state tax credits
- Consults on federally-assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources
- Qualifies communities for the Certified Local Government (CLG) program
- Administers a competitive grant program for CLG communities
- Advises on the conservation of buildings and sites
- Offers educational programs and publications
Knowing Which Places Matter
Ohio Historic Inventory and Ohio Archaeological Inventory
The inventory serves a continuing record of the archaeological, architectural and historic properties currently existing in the state. Over 145,000 historic buildings, sites, landscapes, and bridges have been entered into the inventories. In 2010:
I-Form is a free, web-based application that allows users to submit data online for inclusion in the Ohio Historic Inventory and Ohio Archaeological Inventory. There are currently over 300 registered I-Form users from Ohio and several other states. The Ohio Historic Preservation Office GIS (Geographic Information System) provides staff, agencies and researchers with rapid access to Ohio's cultural resource data in a digital format. The GIS allows users to query cultural data and produce maps. During 2010 an all-new online mapping site developed with state capital funds was launched. The site now has nearly 500 registered users.
- 867 historic properties were added to the Ohio Historic Inventory
- 1,373 sites were added to Ohio Archaeological Inventory
- 215 Archaeology Survey Reports were added to National Archaeology Database
National Register of Historic Places
Twenty-one listings were added to National Register in 2010, including seven historic districts and 14 individual buildings. These nominations comprised 2,103 contributing buildings, structures, sites and objects from 15 Ohio counties: Belmont, Clark, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Erie, Geauga, Hamilton, Hocking, Lorain, Miami, Montgomery, Portage, Stark, and Summit.
The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board met three times during the year. The Governor-appointed seventeen-member board made recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer on 21 nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, and participated on the Ohio Historic Preservation Awards committee and on the Certified Local Government Grants Selection committee. Nancy Otis from Celina served as chair in 2009-2010.
Reviewing Publicly Assisted Projects
Federal Project Reviews
Under the National Historic Preservation Act, the preservation of historic architectural and archaeological resources is national policy. Agencies must consider the effects of projects they assist on properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. During state fiscal year 2010, the Society’s Ohio Historic Preservation Office reviewed 7,311 federally assisted projects. Thirty of these projects resulted in Memoranda of Agreement and 133 Programmatic Agreements to resolve adverse effects to historic properties. Reviewed projects included construction of a new hospital complex in downtown Springfield, installation of Ohio’s first government-assisted wind turbines, and rehabilitation of historic bridges across of the state.
The state’s continuing benefit from the $10 billion it has been awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (a.k.a. the federal stimulus fund) has made the preservation office’s review workload larger and more challenging over the past year. The office has found creative ways to keep up with the demands of an increasing number of projects to review, such as streamlining agreements, agency training, online mapping tools, and interagency coordination to maintain a high level of service.
Federal and State Tax Credit Programs
During 2010 19 completed Ohio projects representing over $109 million in total investment received final (Part 3) certification for the federal historic rehabilitation investment tax credit, following review and recommendations by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office to the National Park Service. In addition, more than 220 Part 1, Part 2 and Amendment applications for the federal historic tax credits were reviewed and recommendations made to the National Park Service. The federal historic tax credit is 20% of Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures.
During 2010 OHPO reviewed 89 new Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit (OHPTC) applications for Rounds 3 and 4 to determine if each building meets the definition of “historic building” and if the proposed rehabilitation work meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. We partner with the Ohio Department of Development, which is the lead agency, and the Ohio Department of Taxation on this program. A total of 44 of the 89 buildings were competitively awarded tax credits as part of the 25 projects funded. Also, 15 completed projects from Rounds 1 and 2 received final certification. The OHPTC program, which was launched in 2007, has awarded $246 million to 111 projects involving 130 buildings and leveraging more than $1.3 billion in expected total project investments throughout the state. It is hoped that the program will be renewed for Round 5 and beyond. The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit is 25% of Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures.
Assisting Local Preservation Efforts
Certified Local Governments
The Certified Local Governments (CLG) program recognizes that communities can benefit from working with state and federal partners that share preservation goals. Obtaining CLG status enables communities to conduct a wide range of preservation activities in cooperation with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. Ohio now claims 51 CLG communities; Millersburg and Burton obtained CLG status in 2010.
Certified Local Governments Grants Awarded
Ten percent of the annual federal allocation to Ohio’s historic preservation program is passed through to local communities that achieve certified local government status. The grant may constitute up to 60 percent of the project cost and the recipient provides the remaining 40 percent in local matching funds, through cash, in-kind, or donated services and materials.
In 2010 $109,380 in Certified Local Government grant were awarded for ten projects that will leverage nearly $200,000 in non-federal, matching expenditures to complete the following work: rehabilitation of the solarium at Glamorgan Castle in Alliance, development of a walking tour brochure for the Burton Village Historic District in Ohio’s newest Certified Local Government community, architectural survey of 23 neighborhoods in Cincinnati, revamping the Cleveland Restoration Society's web site, continued roof work and masonry repairs of the Green Lawn Abbey Cemetery Mausoleum, sponsorship of preservation commission training and a survey of the 1960s Teakwood Heights neighborhood—all in Columbus; completion of drawings and specifications for adaptive use of the Levi J. Hartong House and Farm in Green, completion of an adaptive use study of the Medina Masonic Temple and Theater, and sponsorship of a series of hands-on workshops in Shaker Heights for residents and contractors on historic wood windows.
Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board members:
Aaron Askew, Columbus
Albert Blackwood, Perrysburg
Paul Graham, Worthington
Clyde Henry, Orient
Stacey L. Hoffman, Cleveland Heights
Sandra Hull, Wooster
Donald A. Hutslar, Worthington
Joseph W. Leonard, Oxford
Mary Ann Olding, Minster
Nancy Otis, Celina
Mary Anne Reeves, Athens
David C. Reiser, Athens
Elwin C. Robison, Kent
Andrew M. Schneider, Dublin
Jim Sherwood, Brunswick
Shaune Skinner, Columbus
Jeffrey Tilman, Cincinnati