Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

  • Hamden, CT
  • http://www.cttrust.org

Mission Statement

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation protects and nourishes the vitality of significant buildings, landscapes and communities. Visions:* Historic preservation activity results in economic growth in Connecticut, through job creation and leveraging public and private investment.* Historic places are preserved and used to enhance community character and preserve our cultural heritage. Goal I: Through grants, field service and direct advocacy clearly show the value of historic preservation to Connecticut's economy, environment and civic identity. Goal II: Build leadership for historic preservation in public policy; expand legislative and municipal outreach. Goal III: Become a principal conduit of information for historic preservation, historic architecture and landscapes in Connecticut. Goal IV: Increase community interest in and action for historic preservation. Goal V: Increase the capacity of the CT Trust to accomplish its mission.

Main Programs

  1. Circuit Rider program, preservation field services
  2. Historic Barns of CT
  3. The Barns Grant
  4. Buildings of CT book project
  5. HouseTalk series
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Headquartered in Hamden on the site of the historic Eli Whitney complex, the Connecticut Trust serves the entire state. In 2012-13, Trust staff directly worked in 155 towns and cities.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Helen Higgins

Keywords

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historic preservation, restoration, community & economic development, public history, grants

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Also Known As

CT Trust

EIN

06-0979808

 Number

4492416422

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Connecticut Trust's two field service staff, the Circuit Riders, a partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, made over 500 on-site technical assistance visits to towns and cities in the state. Their work resulted in $515,259 in preservation planning and Barns grants awarded by the CT Trust. In 2013, the Trust continues its field service and granting programs, adding a third field service staff. The Trust continues its partnership with The 1772 Foundation to award grants for preservation of historic sites. Staff and volunteers with the Connecticut Trust's Historic Barns of CT project completed a survey that identified over 8000 barns, with 2058 of those inventoried for the State's Historic Resources Inventory and 200 of those nominated to the State Register of Historic Places. In 2012-13, Vibrant Communities Initiative, supported by funds from DECD, awarded nine $50,000 grants to municipalities to prepare action plans for underutilized historic resources in their downtowns. The awards went to Norwich, New London, Lebanon, Waterbury, Hartford, Bolton, New Britain, Danbury and Wethersfield. The Trust is launching a Revolving Fund program to provide real estate options and loans for historic buildings. In 2013 the Trust is actively fund raising to capitalize this fund. The Trust received a donation of a historic house in Durham, CT. After investing in minor repairs and replacing the septic system, the house is for sale (Sept, 2013). Proceeds from the sale will help to capitalize the Revolving fund.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Circuit Rider program, preservation field services

The Circuit Riders promote the preservation and use of historic resources across CT. In addition to helping with immediate preservation problems, Circuit Riders work with communities to inform them about tools and resources available to help preserve for the future: financial and economic development incentives, tax credits, grants, historic districts, local ordinances, etc. The Circuit Riders work in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office. Through investigative visits, consultations and meetings, the Circuit Rider help to define relevant issues and develop preservation strategies. They offer financial assistance through the CT Trust's Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants and Vibrant Communities Initiative grants, over $550,000 awarded in 2011. They facilitate training sessions for local historic district commissions. The Circuit Riders are preservation professionals who also know how to act as mediators and facilitators with a variety of groups.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

100000 annually

Program 2

Historic Barns of CT

Historic Barns of CT, a project funded by the Community Investment Act of the State of CT, has been a signature CT Trust program since 2005 when the Trust first began windshield surveys of the most famous barns in the state. By 2010, when support for more staff and more programming became available from the state, the program expanded, using staff and volunteers to survey over 8000 barns. Staff and consultants then wrote 2058 Historic Resource Inventories giving more detail on each barn. In this final phase of state support, staff is writing 200 State Register of Historic Places nominations for the most distinctive barns. In addition, and beyond the scope of state funding, the Trust is planning a major barn conference for spring 2013 which will attract barn enthusiasts from across the country. This event will require specific fundraising for underwriting. Also, looking forward, the barns staff plan to create a Barns trail and will be looking for financial support.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

220000 annually

Program 3

The Barns Grant

In 2008, the CT Trust established The Barns Grant, with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of CT. As a result of a board decision in fall 2011, barns grants using state funds will now only be given to non-profits and municipalities who own barns over 75 years old. Private barn owners are no longer eligible. However, it is the private owner who is most in need of small amounts (average $5000 each grant) of bricks and mortar grant funding. The Trust is now actively fundraising to create a privately funded Barns Grant for private owners. Grant funds support efforts to preserve the iconic historic barn of CT. The grants are used for conditions assessments, feasibility of adaptive re-use opportunities, and capital improvements, usually roof or sill repair. All applicants must demonstrate the outstanding characteristics of their barns and how repair/restoration will benefit the public, either as an agricultural resource or as part of the historic landscape of a community. All applicants are required to show community support for their project.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

50000 annually

Program 4

Buildings of CT book project

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will complete the Buildings of Connecticut volume of the Society of Architectural Historians'Buildings of the United States series. Primary editorial responsibility lies with Christopher Wigren, the Trust's Deputy Director. An architectural historian trained at the University of Virginia, he edits the Trust's bimonthly magazine,Connecticut Preservation News; he also writes regularly about architecture and historic preservation for the Hartford Courant and has authored or co-authored National Register nominations for the Merritt Parkway, a district in Guilford, and individual buildings in New Haven and Orange, Connecticut.For many years Chris was associated with Elizabeth Mills Brown, the original author of the Connecticut volume, first as research assistant and then as co-author. Betty transferred her papers to the Connecticut Trust before her death in December, 2008. Expected to be complete in 2014, the project requires underwriting.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 5

HouseTalk series

Since 2001, the CT Trust has offered HouseTalk educational workshops that combine the expertise of historic architects, historic consultants, restoration contractors and even do-it-yourself homeowners with a visit to a historic property that is either being considered for restoration or is in the process. In 2012, workshops will be held in Clinton, featuring the exquisite 18th century Stanton house, currently in flux as a house museum; two lighthouses in New London, and the old Litchfield Jail in Litchfield.The Ledge Lighthouse sits in the harbor; it will require a boat trip for attendees. The Litchfield Jail, since 1812 a state facility adjacent to the iconic town green, is on the market for a private owner to rehabilitate and re-use. The program is offered to Trust members and to others in the area of the presentations and is one of the Trust's very popular offerings. Each workshop requires underwriting.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5000 each

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Headquartered in Hamden on the site of the historic Eli Whitney complex, the Connecticut Trust serves the entire state. In 2012-13, Trust staff directly worked in 155 towns and cities.

Funding Needs

Capitalize the Revolving Fund to invest in underutilized historic building and neighborhoods. Aim for $750,000.Barns Grants for private barn owners - $50,000Build general operating endowment through a planning giving program - $250,000Continue to be able to raise money from individual donors whose donation contribute heavily to our operating budget, We have state funds but they are project directed.Build a more robust presence in communities across the state by upgrading social media outreach and having more public events.

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CONNECTICUT TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Helen Higgins

BIO

Executive Leadership Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Executive Director 1997-Present Ex Officio member of Commission on Culture and Tourism, 2003-ConnecticutHumanities Council, 1995- 2002 Chairman, 1997-2000 Chairman, Grants Review, 2000- 2002 ConnecticutLeague of Historical Societies, 1990- 1997 President, 1992-1996 Chairman, Strategic Planning 1996-1997 Dorothy Whitfield Historic Society, Guilford, CT 1990- 1997 President, Vice President, 1991-1996 Chairman, History Committee, 1996- 1997 Darien Historical Society Executive Director, 1986-1989 Appointments: The Acorn Club, 2000. Founded in 1899; one of four women elected to membership. Secretary-Treasurer, 2005- Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, elected to membership 2000. Vice -President, 2003-2005 Advisory Board, Webb Deane Stevens Museums, Wethersfield, 2003- EDUCATION Columbia University, Teachers College Master of Arts Smith College, History Bachelor of Arts

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We know Connecticut residents are proud of this state's heritage, from the iconic town greens and white church steeples to the barns scattered in every town as well as historic mills and industrial buildings re-used as housing and, most importantly, revitalized, vibrant downtowns. I believe that the Connecticut Trust matters to a lot of people around the state who care about protecting and preserving community character. The Trust's Circuit Rider program allows us to touch the lives of numbers individuals and organizations each year and through it we are able to award preservation planning grants. We hear from folks all the time about how valuable our assistance has been. For example, "It's been a great boon to us amateurs in the field to know that we can call upon the Trust for help and information and that our efforts will be supported by those of you who are preservation professionals." (Woodbury) "You gave us the confidence to move forward with the project, to apply for and secure the grant and to find appropriate professionals to serve as consultants as we prepare to restore the building." (Colebrook) "As a group of mainly non-professional volunteers, the Trust's assistance has helped guide us to determine the logical step-by-step process of restoring our building." (Enfield) "Circuit Riders provide invaluable accurate information and advice to many who are interested in saving a part of their architectural legacy, but don't know how to do it. " (Norwalk) "The Circuit Rider program has been invaluable to historic preservation efforts in Westport...from evaluating a historic barn, to assistance with grant funding application for a preservation plan for a State Archaeological Preserve, to advice on any number of other issues. Circuit Riders are a simple phone call away and their expertise is essential to our work. We are extremely appreciative of the Circuit Rider program. " (Westport) Another unique initiative of the Trust is its Historic Barns of CT project, a nationally respected project that puts recognition of our endangered historic barns front and center. Through our work surveying the barns, we have attracted hundreds of volunteers who never thought of themselves as preservationists but they are now! The Barns website, www.connecticutbarns.org , has a data base of more than 8,000 barns. The Trust reaches across the state with its programs and services. In 2012-13, we worked in 155 towns and cities. It is this kind of personal, on site, responsive service to our citizens that makes the Trust unique. And, we personally answer all phone calls! "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Edmund F. Schmidt

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Term: May 2011 - May 2014

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