In the Know
Using Historic Tax Credits for Affordable Housing

Historic tax credits support the rehabilitation and repurposing of buildings for a wide range of uses, including affordable housing. Some of these projects pair historic tax credits with low-income housing tax credits, while others simply...

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Oklahoma

Thirty-four (34) states have a state historic tax credit program that can be used in tandem with the federal program. Just as architecture and accents vary by state, so do the historic tax credit programs....

Wabi-Sabi
Wabi-Sabi 4

This space is wabi-sabi incarnate. Getting ready for a gentle freshening! Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina of age.   ...

Adventures in Preservation
Plasterkrafting

Many thanks to Dave Boux and Brad Bruce and APT-Central Plains for the fabulous tour of the Plasterkraft & Mural Masters workshop. Dave and Brad dazzled us with their artistry, craftsmanship, and wit while demonstrating...

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Garlinghouse

There was a time when you could buy anything from a catalog, even a house. You may be familiar with Sears' kit houses, but did you know Topeka, Kansas had their very own mail-order catalog...

Wabi-Sabi
Wabi-Sabi 3

There is an adage in the historic preservation world that poverty is a great preserver. This is a corollary to “do no harm.” A recent trip to Cuba brought these sayings to mind. Limited access...

Wabi-Sabi
Wabi-Sabi 2

We love that the cast iron boiler front was reinstalled in the entry foyer as part of the Roaster's Block apartment conversion. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina...

Wabi-Sabi
Wabi-Sabi 1

Why do we love what we do? One thing we hear over and over is that "they don't build them like they used to" and "you can't beat the character of an old building." Or, to...