Save This Space: Top OK Preservation Resources

How do we know what buildings are of historic value? Who keeps track? Who’s in charge? Preservation societies are space watchdogs, and in Oklahoma, several work to preserve worthy structures from homes to commercial spaces and landmarks.

1. Oklahoma Historical Society: collect, preserve, share

Best known for:

National Register of Historic Places: The National Register is a catalogue of the buildings, sites, structures, districts, and objects significant in our past, and the register is the foundation for all of the SHPO’s programs.  Listing in the National Register provides recognition, limited protection, and, in some cases, financial incentives for these important properties.  The SHPO identifies, evaluates, and nominates properties for this special designation. For detailed information, contact Lynda Schwan Ozan, 405/522-4478. (Source: OHS website)

Good to know: Current federal tax law provides a 20% investment tax credit for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure.

2. Preservation Oklahoma: promoting historic preservation statewide

Preservation Oklahoma, Incorporated, is the state’s only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state. Founded in 1992, Preservation Oklahoma is a Statewide Partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and works on joint projects with the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). – Source: Preservation Oklahoma

Best known for: Preservation OK is the caretaker of the Overholser Mansion in Heritage Hills. See the tour we did here.

3. Historic District and Preservation Planning – Getting the designation and adhering to building and improvement codes for the district can be found here in OKC  and here in Tulsa.

4. The Tulsa Preservation Commission administers Historic Preservation Zoning, identifies and nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, and produces educational material describing Tulsa historic resources.

Cool Resource: Art Deco structures list

To be continued with an update on the status of 2013 endangered historic spaces and special features on Art Deco in Tulsa and getting to know Oklahoma’s historic districts and landmarks. See our story on Heritage Hills here.