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Mac & Stephanie Williams, 2022 Historic Grant Recipient
Mac & Stephanie Williams, 2022 Historic Grant Recipient

Mac & Stephanie Williams, new owners at 412 Fountain Place, are providing foundation support (via helical steel piers) at the outer corners of their home’s original all-brick front porch. The project is designed to arrest the downslope slippage of the porch, which has begun to separate from the house. This remedial work will also prevent further mortar fractures in the porch – a significant defining feature of the c.1940 residence.

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Laura & Dylan Field, 2022 Historic Grant Recipient
Laura & Dylan Field, 2022 Historic Grant Recipient

Laura & Dylan Field will be making sensitive exterior siding and window trim repairs, front porch rail stabilization, and a front door restoration/refit to extend the life and historic integrity of their striking 1890s residence at 501 West Front Street.

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The 2023 Grant Cycle will open March 1, 2023

1.  Program Purpose

The purpose of the program is to encourage and aid owners of our city’s historically and architecturally significant homes to preserve and maintain the historic character of their residential exteriors. The program is designed to facilitate and financially support the stabilization and restoration of historical architecture, encourage the use of appropriate materials and methods, and reward quality workmanship.  The long term goal is to enhance overall neighborhood integrity and pride of place, while at the same time magnifying neighborhood real estate values.
 

2.  Funds Available & Timing

This is a Matching Grant Program in which Preservation Burlington may contract to refund up to 50% of the cost of historically appropriate exterior improvements, to a maximum award of $5,000 per grantee.  Each grant amount will be determined in the sole discretion of the Preservation Burlington Board of Directors. Applications must be submitted in writing by April 1, 2023, and grant recipients will be announced in early May, 2023. Grant funding will be awarded after all program requirements are met and the project is completed on a timely basis. The number of grants to be awarded, and the amount of each, is within the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.

3.  Eligibility

Any Burlington homeowner living in a single family residence is eligible to apply if the property is either located within one of Burlington’s six designated National Register Historic Districts or listed individually as a local, a state, or a National Register landmark.

Maps of Historic Districts in Burlington, N.C. 

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Applicant Resources: 

City of Burlington Historic District Guidelines

  • For residents living in the West Burlington or Glencoe Historic Districts, the Design Review Manual is an invaluable resource. In addition to listing the detailed guidelines for performing work on your historic property, the manual also contains information concerning the history and architecture of each district. The manual also describes the application process for a Certificate of Appropriateness and contains a list of work items that can and cannot be performed without such a Certificate. http://www.burlingtonnc.gov/543/Design-Review-Manual

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings:

  1. Standards for Restoration -- for saving all that can be saved, reconstructing missing features, and removing features from later periods of time, so that the property reflects a particular period in its own history: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-restoration.htm 

  2. Standards for Reconstruction -- for replicating lost or hopelessly damaged historic features: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-reconstruction.htm

Selected Training/Advice Leaflets on Repair/Restoration/Rehabilitation:

  1. Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/2-repoint-mortar-joints.htm

  2. Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/3-improve-energy-efficiency.htm

  3. Roofing for Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/4-roofing.htm

  4. Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/6-dangers-abrasive-cleaning.htm

  5. Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/8-aluminum-vinyl-siding.htm

  6. The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/9-wooden-windows.htm

  7. Preservation of Historic Concrete https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/15-concrete.htm

  8. The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/16-substitute-materials.htm

  9. Architectural Character—Identifying Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving their Character https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/17-architectural-character.htm

  10. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/22-stucco.htm

  11. Understanding Old Buildings:  Architectural Investigation https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/35-architectural-investigation.htm

  12. Methods for Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/37-lead-paint-hazards.htm

  13. Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/39-control-unwanted-moisture.htm

  14. Preserving Historic Wood Porches https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/45-wooden-porches.htm

  15. General Directory of NPS Preservation Briefs https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm 

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Through preservation, education, and involvement, Preservation Burlington seeks to protect and celebrate the architectural and historical heritage of Burlington and the surrounding area. Historic preservation and adaptive re-use contributes to stronger, safer neighborhoods, economic development, aesthetic beauty, and community pride. By fostering within the community an appreciation of our historic properties, we aim to promote interest in, and good stewardship of our local historic treasures.

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