Preservation Virginia Publications

There’s a great deal of preservation work happening in Virginia, and it takes a great deal of publications to document it! Share in preservation achievements across the Commonwealth by viewing our Annual Reports, where you’ll learn about our advocacy efforts, educational programming and preservation projects.

Historic Ventures is our bi-annual magazine that keeps you up to date on stories of preservation and history documentation in the Commonwealth. Our robust events calendar is also included in the magazine. Become a member of Preservation Virginia to have Annual Reports and Historic Ventures delivered straight to your mailbox!

Siting Solar in Virginia

Solar energy development and historic preservation are not mutually exclusive goals. Conflict tends to arise, however, when developers fail to conduct due diligence about the historic and cultural landscapes on or near potential sites. Early planning by developers to avoid or minimize adverse effects to these landscapes is the first step to lessening conflict and lowering risk.


Making the Case for Historic Tax Credits: A Study with Baker Tilly

Preservation Virginia, in partnership with the Home Builders Association, undertook a study into the economic benefits of the historic rehabilitation tax credit program in Virginia. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly), a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm, studied the economic impact of 21 projects completed in 2014. Their findings demonstrate the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program doesn’t just preserve the places that make Virginia unique. In 2014 alone it:

  • Resulted in $467 million in economic output
  • Supported 9,960 jobs
  • Generated $3.50 for every $1 invested through the first three years

This study was made possible with the help of our generous sponsors: Monument Construction, Foss and Company, HTC Advisors, Linden Capital, Marathon Development, AOSS Ventures, Lawrence N. Brandt, Inc., Historic Richmond Foundation, Urban Core Construction, Associated General Contractors, AIA Virginia, Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, Waukeshaw Development, Barry Kelley Asset Management, Sadler & Whitehead, Williams Mullen and Commonwealth Preservation Group.

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The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation

To mark Preservation Virginia’s 125th anniversary in 2014, we engaged the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct a trilogy of studies of the impact of preservation-related policies on Virginia’s economy.

PHASE I: Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs in Virginia

Phase one of our three part economic impact study highlights compelling statistics and first-hand accounts of the benefits of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) program on Virginia’s economy. It also examines the estimated $3.9 billion contributed to the Commonwealth’s economic health as a result of the HRTC program.

This study was made possible with the help of our generous sponsor, WestRock, and the support of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

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PHASE II: 30 Years of Impact: How the Main Street Program Has Revitalized Virginia Communities

Phase two documents how the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Main Street program influences the local, state and national economy. The program is a downtown revitalization approach that leverages historic preservation to promote economic and community development.

This study was made possible thanks to a generous grant and support from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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 PHASE III: The Economic Impact of Heritage Tourism in Virginia

Heritage tourism is an important driver of Virginia’s economy. The $7.7 billion spent by heritage tourists, plus more than $430 million spent by heritage tourism sites for operational expenditures, ripple throughout the economy. In phase three, we examine this ripple effect and document the economic impact of historic preservation-related activities in Virginia.

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