Services

The official statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation promotes the preservation of the historic resources and heritage of Louisiana.

Technical Assistance:

  • Provides a statewide network for preservationists to exchange information through the newsletter, internet, annual conference and workshops.

  • Partners with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Foundation for Historical Louisiana and Preservation Resource Center in distributing technical assistance state-wide.

  • Maintains a current list of local preservation organizations in Louisiana.

  • Partners with the Louisiana Main Streets Program to protect Louisiana’s historic integrity.

Outreach:

  • Distributes Quarterly Newsletter Statewide

  • Conducts Statewide Annual Preservation Awards

  • Assists the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism’s Historic Preservation Division and Louisiana Main Street Program; local preservation organizations; and the National Trust in promoting heritage education, cultural tourism and community awareness of Louisiana’s historic and cultural resources.

  • Louisiana’s Most Endangered Historic Sites List program focuses critical attention to historic preservation needs statewide. List is currently announced annually so the Louisiana Trust can provide ongoing assistance and attention until the site is saved.

Advocacy:

  • Advocates for preservation legislation and funding on the state and national levels, the Preservation Property Tax Abatement for homebuyers who renovate historic properties, and the historic homeowner state income tax credit.

  • Leads the Preservation Advocacy Council in statewide campaigns for public awareness and favorable legislation

Revolving Fund

The Louisiana Trust recently established a revolving fund to actively save and protect endangered historic properties across the state.

We do this by

  • locating endangered buildings (often vacant and blighted)

  • working with owners to establish an interest in the property

  • marketing them to a buyer who agrees to rehabilitate and maintain their historic character in the future

  • reviewing plans for modifications and routinely inspecting the properties in the future to assess their condition.

The Louisiana Trust can accept donations of property or take an option to purchase them. In certain cases, we may be able to purchase a property in order to stabilize it.  Since the Louisiana Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations or bargain sales of properties may qualify for a tax-deduction to the fullest extent of the law.

All properties that are sold by the Louisiana Trust must have a historic conservation servitude (protective covenants) placed on them.  These will insure that the buildings will be rehabilitated properly and maintained in the future.

The organization can also work with owners of historic properties who want to continue ownership, but would like to provide this protection to their historic buildings in the future. These may be buildings that have been in the family for generations or relatively recent acquisitions that they have put much money and effort into protecting.  These easements remain with the property in perpetuity.

If you know of a historic building that could be saved or protected through the Louisiana Trust Revolving Fund, please contact Brian Davis, Revolving Fund Manager, at lthp.revolvingfund@gmail.com. 

Saved by Galveston Historical Foundation's Revolving Fund, the Green Revival House is a model of how a historic building can be made energy-efficient.

Damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and saved by Galveston Historical Foundation’s Revolving Fund, the Green Revival House is a model of how a historic building can be made energy-efficient. It was the first residential rehabilitation in the country to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating.

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The 1772 Foundation has produced this video that shows the success revolving funds can make in our communities:

The Revolving Fund