Arts, Culture, and Humanities

New Haven Preservation Trust

  • New Haven, CT
  • www.nhpt.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of the New Haven Preservation Trust is to honor and preserve New Haven's architectural heritage - historic buildings and neighborhoods - through advocacy, education and collaboration. Since its founding in 1961, the Trust has played a key role in the preservation and restoration of many local landmarks, including the New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven City Hall, and Union Station, as well as countless private residences and commercial buildings throughout the city. New Haven residents can point to dozens of construction and renovation efforts over the past 53 years that are stronger contributors to our urban fabric as a result of persuasion and negotiation by the Trust. The Trust frequently collaborates with neighborhood associations, city departments, institutions such as the New Haven Museum, the New Haven Free Public Library and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, along with public and private preservation groups. Through advocacy, publications, educational lectures and exhibits, historic research, architectural tours and private consultation, the Trust works to preserve and protect the historic architecture that defines our city. The Trust serves the entire City of New Haven, representing the general public by advising and advocating on often-complex issues that require balancing development opportunities against the city's long-term well-being. The Trust is the only local agency with the specific mission and responsibility for these activities.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Programs: Walking Tours and Workshops
  2. Community Heritage Date Plaques
  3. Community Consultations: Technical Assistance and Preservation Consultation
  4. Modernism Survey
  5. Historic Structures Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The New Haven Preservation Trust serves the entire City of New Haven. Board and staff work vigorously to extend the Trust's reach into neighborhoods to showcase and help preserve fine structures, especially the rich array of 19th and 20th century housing in our city. In addition, our professional staff is often called upon to provide consultation services to owners, architects, developers and preservation organizations in other Connecticut towns.

ruling year

1963

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.

Keywords

Self-reported

NHPT; Preservation Trust; Historic Preservation; Architecture History; Renovation/Rehabilitation

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EIN

06-6047999

 Number

7486230308

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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NHPT presents ambitious public programs while simultaneously offering technical preservation assistance to property owners and project developers. We continue our popular tours of historic renovations and serve as a lead participant in the walking tour segment of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. We offer an array of educational programs including four half-day workshops on the preservation tax credit program and three lectures by expert historians and architects, all free and open to the public. In the past two years, over 1000 people have taken part in our programs.The Trust's Preservation Committee regularly meets with owners, developers and architects. In the past two years, these collaborations resulted in several preservation successes:- A historic house on Chapel Street in the path of a new apartment building was moved a few parcels away and rehabilitated instead of being demolished;- A unique "oyster barge," one of the last of its type in the country, was saved and will be rebuilt as part of a waterfront neighborhood by new and enthusiastic owners; - A widely-publicized ad hoc coalition of Trust representatives and neighborhood residents saved a group of 19th century industrial buildings as the face of a new residential development on Upper State Street, in lieu of the original plan for total demolition; and- A unique and priceless chapel designed by New Haven architect Henry Austin in the 19th century, located in the middle of a busy downtown block between College and Temple Streets, will be saved and renovated as part of a sophisticated residential complex, thanks to efforts by the Trust's Board and staff and thoughtful reworking of the site plan by the project's architect and owners. Two years ago the Trust completed an extensive survey of Modernist New Haven buildings. The Modernism survey received a prestigious national award in 2015 from DOCOMOMO (an international organization furthering the Documentation and Conservation of Monuments of the Modern Era). With funding from the CT DECD, we developed & launched the NewHavenModern.org website featuring a professionally curated look at some of New Haven's iconic structures built between 1930 and 1980. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation presented the Trust with a merit award in 2015 for the Modernism website. Content on the Modernism site, including video, is regularly updated. Grant funding, individual gifts, and generous donations of time by architects Kevin Roche, Cesar Pelli, and Herbert Newman bolster this project.

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

Educational Programs: Walking Tours and Workshops

NHPT hosts free walking tours of New Haven sites with historic and architectural significance, often visiting buildings not open to the public. This program has grown substantially over recent years. Tours in 2015 included the Farmington Canal, the Knights of Columbus Museum, the Federal Courthouse, Yale University's Stiles College, new/renovated Hooker School (with the project architect), behind-the-scenes tours of sites currently in the midst of renovation, and private houses from different architectural eras in a variety of city neighborhoods. For homeowners who seek more active involvement, the Trust offers workshops. With the assistance of CT DECD, we present the only hands-on workshops in New Haven on how to use "Homeowner's Historic Tax Credits," a Federal program which reimburses construction costs for historic exterior renovations. Other workshops addressed "Restoring Your Historic Windows;" and "Porch Perfection" (restoring traditional and historic porches). We offer an average of four workshops per year, free and open to the public.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Community Heritage Date Plaques

As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration in 2011, the Trust introduced a new Community Heritage Date Plaque program. For a nominal fee, New Haven property owners may request a customized ceramic plaque memorializing the year their building was constructed. After research to confirm the date, the Trust orders and delivers an elegant high-fired plaque displaying the original year of construction. This program celebrates the strength and longevity of our community and its buildings. No renovation, restoration or site inspection is required for participation; any owner in the City of New Haven may request a date plaque. About 130 date plaques have been mounted in 17 New Haven neighborhoods. This program encourages neighborhood pride and property maintenance and, at the same time, expands awareness of the Trust and its mission. The Community Heritage Date Plaque program is partially funded through a grant from People's United Bank.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

Community Consultations: Technical Assistance and Preservation Consultation

NHPT is an active adviser to individuals & organizations with questions about historic preservation, restoration practices and state and federal preservation standards. We respond to property owners, realtors, architects, developers, city officials, and others who ask for information on the historical and architectural significance of structures and sites in the area. Many are seeking guidance on rehabilitation standards and economic incentives for preservation projects. The Trust's Historic Preservation Officer has more than 35 years of experience working with historic properties in New England. With encouragement from the City Plan Department, the Trust is taking a larger role in maintaining the distinctive quality of the City's Local Historic Districts. The Preservation Services Officer meets with applicants to the Historic District Commission to advise on construction and renovation plans. Our involvement has improved the process for residents of Local Historic Districts and resulted in a smoother path to securing a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 4

Modernism Survey

For the last 8 years, the Trust has focused on showcasing the Modernist structures and sites in New Haven. We completed a detailed survey with professional descriptions of more than 120 sites and buildings (c. 1930-1980), many nationally known. This was the first comprehensive architectural survey undertaken in New Haven in 30 years. The Trust's Modernism survey received a prestigious national award in 2015 from DOCOMOMO (an international organization furthering the Documentation and Conservation of Monuments of the Modern Era).The culmination of the project, a professionally-designed educational, gallery-style website of New Haven Modernist sites went online in 2014 at www.NewHavenModern.org. Content on the Modernism site continues to be updated and enriched, including rare mid-century photographs and oral histories from architects and historians. Grant funding and generous donations of time by architects Kevin Roche, Cesar Pelli and Herbert Newman bolster this project.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 5

Historic Structures Fund

In 2013, the Trust reinvigorated its Historic Structures Small Grant Program, which awards construction funding ($1,500 - $3,000) to qualified property owners for specific improvements to the exterior of their historic homes or buildings. Grants have been given for renovation of porches, windows, wooden architectural detailing and other features. Applicants are advised as to construction methods and finishes by the Historic Preservation Officer and must complete work within one year of approval. Historic Structures grant applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are overseen by the Preservation Committee.Since 2013, the Trust has approved seven applications for a total amount awarded of $18,475.00. Work is complete on five properties and continues on two.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$9,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The New Haven Preservation Trust serves the entire City of New Haven. Board and staff work vigorously to extend the Trust's reach into neighborhoods to showcase and help preserve fine structures, especially the rich array of 19th and 20th century housing in our city. In addition, our professional staff is often called upon to provide consultation services to owners, architects, developers and preservation organizations in other Connecticut towns.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

1) Staffing. The Trust operates with 2 part-time staff. The Board plans to hire an Executive Director and posted a job description in early 2016. Centralized full-time management will allow the Trust to grow, adding new educational programs and providing more effective advocacy. This ambitious goal represents a new level of maturity for the organization. 2) Fundraising. We currently lack a development officer and fundraising committee. We need to establish a fundraising plans for organizational stability. A significant portion of our operating budget comes from State funding which is scheduled to be reduced by 50%, based on legislative action in 2015. 3) Volunteers. We want to increase the number of volunteers working on daily tasks & special projects, but at this time we are limited in the amount of direction and management we can offer. 4) Membership. Although Trust programs are well-attended and our social media numbers continue to grow, we face obstacles typical in the non-profit sector in turning those participants into dues-paying members. 5) Outreach. The Trust uses contemporary products like Constant Contact and all social media platforms but our publicity falls short due to limited staff capacity. Additional outreach, particularly to New Haven residents not currently engaged, would expand the Trust's influence and grow its membership.

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New Haven Preservation Trust Incorporated
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bruce R. Peabody

Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel, LLC

Term: May 2014 - May 2017

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