Conservation Easement

Historical Building Projects

Discover The Barn Group (TBG): Champions of Time’s Treasures. Steeped in legacy, we stand as sentinels of certified historic structures and cultural landmarks. Through conservation easements and meticulous Baseline Documentation Reports (BDR), we crystallize history’s essence for generations ahead. Embrace a journey that echoes with heritage, where our commitment to the past fuels a sustainable future. Step into TBG – where the past shapes tomorrow, and legacy finds its home.

What is a Historical Easement?

Similar to conservation easements, preservation and conservation easements can be placed on the façade of a historic building to ensure the property is forever preserved in its current state. When a building is placed within a conservation or preservation easement, some rights of the property owner are relinquished. Landowners continue to have control over most aspects of the property. Rights and restrictions are laid out in the conservation easement which is  recorded and becomes part of the deed to the property. The property can still be bought and sold; however, all future owners will be bound by the easement’s terms. The donation of a preservation and conservation easement to TBG may significantly reduce federal and state income, estate, and inheritance taxes.

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There are two types of historic easements. Buildings can be put under a conservation easement that protects the façade. Historic lands can also be put under conservation easements to uphold the historic values of the property. Under a historic conservation easement, the property can be sold, leased, and bequeathed to heirs. In many cases, the rights to subdivide and develop a property are limited or extinguished by a conservation easement, as are other potentially harmful rights. The landowner continues to own the building that is subject to the conservation easement, while the Land Trust is charged with monitoring the property to make sure its resources are being protected and that the terms of the easement aren’t being violated.

Historical buildings hold a special place in our collective memory and culture. They are not just structures of brick and mortar; they are the tangible remnants of bygone eras, encapsulating the stories, aspirations, and architectural prowess of the past. Here’s a closer look at the significance of historical buildings.

Living Testaments: Historical buildings serve as living testaments to the history and evolution of societies. They bear witness to the triumphs and tribulations of generations, offering insights into different eras and the people who lived during them.

Architectural Heritage: These buildings are architectural gems that reflect the craftsmanship and design sensibilities of their time. They showcase various architectural styles, techniques, and artistic expressions that were prevalent during their construction.

Inspiration for the Future: Historical buildings can inspire contemporary architects, designers, and builders. By studying the innovative solutions of the past, we can find inspiration for sustainable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing designs.

Local Economy: Preservation and restoration of historical buildings can have positive economic impacts. They can attract tourism, create jobs related to restoration and maintenance, and enhance property values in their vicinity.

Community Spaces: Many historical buildings served and continue to serve as gathering places for communities. Whether as town halls, churches, or cultural centers, they provide spaces for events, meetings, and celebrations that foster a sense of belonging.