Who to Call for What
For Residential & Commercial Properties, Plaques Affixed
to Buildings, Jefferson County Historical Commission, cost
$75.00, Tuesdays & Thursdays, Barbara King, 205-324-0918.
For Major Events & Community History, Highway (large blue
mounted) Markers, cost $1,500-$2,000, Alabama Historical Commission,
Black & white prints and computer imaging of images in
their vast collections, indexed by subject matter, people
and places, prints, slides, etc. for sale, Birmingham Public
Library (BPL) Archives, 205-226-3630.
Historic Property Listings, Districts, Designation and
In the City of Birmingham, call Karla Calvert, 205-254-2719.
In the City of Bessemer, call City of Bessemer, Economic Development,
Elsewhere in Alabama, call Alabama Historical Commission (AHC),
Montgomery, 334-242- 3184, or Christy Anderson 334-230-2658. Online: National Register of Historic
Alabama Historical Commission
The Alabama Cultural Resources Preservation Trust Fund was
established to help fund many types of preservation projects
in the state. AHC accepts grant applications from nonprofit
organizations, local governments, educational institutions
and others (not including individuals). Grants range from
$5,000 to $25,000. For information
contact: Alta Cassady, AHC, P.O.Box 300900, Montgomery, AL,
Grant catagories include: Survey and Registration, Community Planning,
Education and Public Awareness, Planning for Historic Rehabilitation, Historic Rehabilitation Construction and Archeological Resource Management.
Assistance, Incentives for Financing Rehabilitations in the
City Center (Downtown & Southside), Pam King, Operation
New Birmingham (ONB),205-324-8769.
Commercial Properties, Rehabilitation Rebates and other incentives
in certain of the 27 City of Birmingham Commercial Revitalization
Districts, Kathy Puckett, 205-254-2558. Karla Calvert oversees historical districts, 205-254-2719.
Community Development Block Grants, Grants Management Division, Community
Development Department, in Birmingham, Tom Tiffin, 205-254-2312; in Bessemer,
Jim Byrum, 205-424-4060.
National Park Service Heritage Preservation Services: http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps
National Register Designation & Incentives for Rehabilitation
Improvement in property value; 20% Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
on rehabilitation work; 50% Alabama Property Tax reduction
for commercial properties; facade easement donations, for
more information call AHC.
National Register of Historic Places Information:
The National Register of Historic Places is the nationís list
of properties worthy of preservation. Applications, process,
incentives & tax advantages for properties listed, AHC,
334-242-3144. Is a property listed? Nomination copies, photographs,
etc., AHC, 334-242-3144. Is a Birmingham property listed?
Incentives & tax advantages, Karla Calvert, 205-254-2719. Birmingham
neighborhoods seeking designation, Karla Calvert, 205-254-2719.
Copies of most Birmingham nominations, BPL Archives, 205-226-3630.
Online information: How to list a property in the National Register of Historic Places,
National Park Service, http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/listing.htm
Planning & Architectural Services
Online: Alabama Historical Commission Services: http://www.preserveala.org
Genealogists, list, Birmingham Public Library-Southern History,
Individuals Familiar With Birmingham Public Library Collections,
list, Archives, 205-226-3630.
Survey & Inventory, National Register Nominations, list
of qualified professionals, AHC, 334- 242-3144.
Guide to local records: House Detective, $9.95, Birmingham
Historical Society, 205-251-1880.
Local History & Places: Birmingham Historical Society
(BHS), titles available, 205-251-1880.
Birmingham Public Library Southern History Dept., titles available,
205-226-3663. BHS publications also carried in area bookstores
or can be ordered through a form available online.
Preservation Books, National Trust for Historic Preservation,
titles available, 202-588-6296, http://www.preservationbooks.org
Preservation Briefs, National Park Service reports on conservation
techniques & issues, Beverly True, AHC, 334-242-3184.
Standards for Rehabilitation, the Secretary of the Interior's
Guidelines for renovation of historic properties, AHC, 334-242-3144;
online at the National Park Service ParkNet site.