Power2Give Fully Funded!

January 29, 2014

The Atlanta Preservation Center is pleased to announce that we reached our goal for Power2Give: Fly with the Phoenix!

$5,000 in donations were made through the Power2Give online portal and now the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs will match these donations dollar-for-dollar.

Because of these generous donations and the match, the APC will receive $10,000 to support the presentation of the 11th Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites from March 8-23, 2014.

We thank the following for choosing to donate through this program:

Alida Silverman

Beth Cook

Bill Pennington

Boyd Coons

Caroline & Harry Gilham

Carolyn Stine McLaughlin

Chrissie & Jim Wayt

Christopher Kellen

Daniel Gaetan

Elizabeth & Howell Adams

Hoke Kimball

Jay Tribby

Katharine & Clayton Farnham

Marge & Steve Hays

Mark Watkins

Mary Leslie

Mary S. Osier

Paul Hammock

Rainey & Ben Woodward

Sally & Charles Bayless

Syd & Don Janney

Timothy Eastling

The APC’s Phoenix Flies Celebration is an annual program where the efforts of over 80 organizations are coordinated to present hundreds of free events that demonstrate the cultural and economic value of Atlanta’s historic built environment.

You can support this year’s Celebration by becoming a Host Committee Member or a Sponsor. Complete information about these restricted donations is available here.

If you are not already an APC member, please consider joining. APC is a membership organization and its members and contributors support our year-round advocacy and education efforts. Complete information about membership levels and benefits is available here.

State Tax Incentive Preservation Meeting

January 21, 2014

Help Improve Georgia’s Historic Tax Credit

The APC would like to express its support for the Georgia Trust and National Trust in this issue that is important to preservation in the City as well as the State. Please take a moment to review this statement by National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Even though it’s not April 15 yet, it’s time to talk taxes.

Why? Because your elected officials are.

On Capitol Hill, legislators are considering reforming the tax code which could have consequences for the extremely effective federal historic tax credit.

In Atlanta, state legislators are discussing economic development strategies to increase the state’s competitiveness. Governor Nathan Deal’s “Competitiveness Initiative 2.0 Task Force” recommends improving the state’s historic tax credit to bring more jobs to Georgia. The “Georgia Prosperity through Preservation” bill (House Bill 308) introduced by Rep. Allen Peake makes those improvements.

Join us at the Georgia Capitol at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22 for meetings with state legislators and an up-to-the-minute briefing on how you can support federal and state historic tax credits – to spur job creation, revitalization and historic preservation in Georgia. Remarks will be made by Ben Dupuy of Stonehenge Capital Co. and Michael Phillips of NTCIC, a National Trust subsidiary.

Information on House Bill 308 is provided below; additional talking points will be provided at the Capitol.

To RSVP, please contact Mark C. McDonald, President & CEO, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, mmcdonald@georgiatrust.org or 404-885-7801. Meeting times and locations will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP.

Please forward and encourage other supporters of historic preservation to participate.

Thank you.

Thomas Cassidy Jr.
Vice President, Government Relations and Policy

House Bill 308 Details
House Bill 308 strengthens the state historic tax credit program by increasing the per-project cap from $300,000 to $5 million for income-producing buildings and allowing credits to be transferred to qualified investors and institutions with Georgia tax liability.

Many states in the region do not restrict their historic rehabilitation tax credit program with a per-project cap. The only state in our region with a lower per-project cap on its historic tax credit is Arkansas. Rep. Peake’s bill would help make Georgia more competitive.

Phoenix Flies Preview

January 16, 2014

The 1923 building, now the Glenn Hotel, is the namesake of the 31st Mayor of Atlanta, John Thomas Glenn.

The Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual Phoenix Flies: A Celebration Atlanta’s Historic Sites will be March 8-23, 2014. This year’s Celebration will include hundreds of free events and nearly 100 sites important to the history, culture and economy of Atlanta.

The 2014 program celebrates both returning and new partners and sites. Following are some highlights.

New for 2014 are:

  • Guided tours of the Atlanta Curb Market, tours of The Biltmore, the Glenn Hotel and the Tabernacle,
  • Visits to Return to Rich’s at The Breman Museum led by a curator of the exhibit,
  • Westview, a private cemetery which dates from 1884, is the resting place of many important Atlantans including Lemuel Pratt Grant.

    An afternoon in Ansley Park with guided tours of the Piedmont Driving Club and the DAR Building,

  • Lectures on the National Register and preservation tax benefits by the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Easements Atlanta,
  • A panel discussion hosted by MH Mitchell:  Atlanta – 150 Years of History in Our Architecture,
  • Self-guided, guided and bicycle tours of Westview cemetery.

Returning for 2014 are:

  • The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Guided Walking Tours of Historic Atlanta, open houses at the 1856 LP Grant Mansion and interactive children’s programs: Box City® and History of Atlanta for Young Preservationists,
  • BeltLine Partnership bus tours of the revitalized historic rail corridor,
  • Piedmont Park Conservancy’s tours of Midtown’s major green space with nearly two centuries of history,
  • A focal point of Whittier Mill Park is the mill tower. The Whittier Mill Village Association will give tours of the Northwest Side neighborhood during Phoenix Flies.

    A day at three beautiful north Midtown houses of worship – First Presbyterian, Peachtree Christian and The Temple,

  • Trees Atlanta’s guided arboretum tours demonstrating the care and management of the City’s Piedmont forest,
  • A Northwest Side Saturday including visits to Historic Howell Station, Collins Memorial United Methodist Church and Whittier Mill Village.

Complete event listings will be available to the public in mid-February. Atlanta Preservation Center members will receive the Celebration program via mail. Membership information is available here. Programs are also available at Preservation Partner sites.

Celebration details and complete event listings will also be available on the APC website, www.PreserveAtlanta.com. General information about the Phoenix Flies Celebration is available here.