Tennessee Preservation Trust


From the outset, the goal of TPT was to advocate for preservation issues across the state. TPT is the only statewide voice for preservation. Our constituency is comprised of thousands of members from across the state and we pay particular attention to Federal policies that will affect Tennessee’s preservation programs and funding. TPT also pays close attention to state legislation that will adversely affect Tennessee’s cultural and historic resources.

State Level

Tennessee Preservation Trust joins the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Tennessee Coalition to support the Tennessee Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive Act

TPT Call to Action – Learn about and voice your support for Tennessee’s opportunity to create a new financial incentive that is proven for historic building rehabilitation and community revitalization success!

The Tennessee Preservation Trust is excited to join a statewide coalition of historic preservation advocates, property owners, developers, community revitalization and business leaders that are leading an effort to create Tennessee’s new financial incentive for historic building rehabilitation. As Tennessee’s state-wide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation with members representing historic preservation organizations and communities across our state, TPT is working to educate and advocate for successful passage this year for the “Tennessee Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive Act.” Introduced by Senator Bo Watson as SB 1040 and Representative Gerald McCormick as HB 1061, this legislation is receiving favorable interest and support.

The act would provide a tax credit of 25% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures for eligible historic buildings. Managed by the Tennessee Historic Commission, the incentive can be applied against the insurance premium tax and other qualified expenses. It also would pair with Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits to make it possible for property owners and investors to rehabilitate historic structures listed on the National Register or located in Historic Districts across Tennessee. All of Tennessee’s neighboring states have this incentive in place joining a total of 34 states across the nation. Historic preservation, community revitalization, and economic development leaders in all states laud its value, impact and success.

TPT will be sending Action Alerts through our Board members, partner historic preservation organizations, and the Tennessee Redevelopment Coalition over the next two months to provide up to date information and to ask for historic preservation and community leader’s help in contacting their legislators and asking for their favorable support during the 2017 legislative session.

With the successful creation of this new state historic preservation incentive, Tennessee’s success story will be the rehabilitation of many important historic buildings that link us to Tennessee’s unique heritage and contribute to growing the economies of Tennessee’s communities and increasing our quality of place and life.

Contact Phil Thomason at Thomason@bellsouth.net or Dr Bridget Jones at jones-bridget@att.net for more information.

Take a look at the following Press Release, Fact Sheets and other information to learn more and help to create this new tool for historic preservation efforts across Tennessee. Also be on the lookout for upcoming TPT information that you can use to voice your support!

April 3rd, 2017 Press Release

Tennessee Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive Flyer

Summary of TN Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive

Sign On Letter

Representative Fleischmann (3rd District) with TPT delegation in 2012 TPT has its finger of the legislative pulse of Tennessee’s General Assembly. Whether Knoxville or Memphis, Paris or Burns, TPT communicates with its partners throughout the state and is updated on local and state legislation that would hinder preservation efforts. TPT works with its partners and communities to formulate effective plans of action. TPT has played instrumental roles in keeping laws that would have greatly reduced the effectiveness of historic zoning from being enacted by the State Legislature. TPT has successfully fought to keep funding for the Tennessee Historical Commission from being eliminated during difficult state budgetary times. We educate legislators and the public alike on the importance of preservation to Tennessee’s economy.

To look up your State Representative or State Senator, visit the Tennessee General Assembly for more information on who they are, how they’ve voted, and how to contact them. You can always contact TPT for information as well or for specifics on a certain bill.

Become a TPT member to receive emails with Tennessee Alerts: Calls to Action and notifications of pending legislation where your support is needed. Each of us makes a difference when protecting our cultural and historic resources and landscapes.

National Level

Washington D.C. Lobby Day 2012 Lobbying
TPT representatives travel to Washington D.C. each spring to meet with House Representatives and Senators to express support for continued Federal funding to the State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and ask them to sign the House Dear Colleague Letter and join the Historic Preservation Caucus. Each year brings different Federal legislative and budgetary concerns that TPT must be aware of in order to educate our Congressional leaders. TPT representatives have fought for, and continue to fight for, funding for numerous Federal programs, including Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America, Transportation Enhancement Grant provisions, and historic preservation tax credits. Learn how to lobby your Representatives to support Historic Preservation

Visit Contacting the Congress for more information about your House Representative and Senators.

More about National Preservation Issues

Preservation Action Advocacy Day

In 2012, TPT staff and members joined other preservationists from across the country to communicate the economic development and job creation power of historic preservation. As programs are scrutinized for spending cuts we continued to make the case that protecting our national heritage, as well as investing in it, makes sense!

  • Representative Cooper (5th District) with TPT delegation in 2012
  • Representative Roe (1st District) with TPT delegation in 2012

In 2011, TPT staff and members joined over 250 individuals from 47 states and territories to convey the message that Preservation Makes Cents! During these difficult economic times, it was more important than ever to stress the message that historic preservation not only saves our heritage, it helps local economies, creates jobs, and is the ultimate form of recycling.

Preservation Action Advocacy Day with Senators Corker and Alexander. TPT's message: Preservation Makes Cents!