About Technical Preservation Services

Technical Preservation Services develops historic preservation policy and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings, administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for rehabilitating historic buildings, and sets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

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Preserve and Protect our Nation’s Heritage

We develop national standards and guidelines for preserving, rehabilitating, restoring, and reconstructing historic properties. We provide the tools and information that historic property owners, preservation professionals and organizations, and government agencies at all levels need to care for the nation’s historic properties.

We have over 150 publications currently in print, which are available at minimal or no cost. We organize national conferences and workshops with leading experts to share best preservation practices.

In partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices, we administer the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. We certify approximately 1000 projects every year, leveraging nearly $4 billion annually in private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings across the country.

With the General Services Administration, we coordinate the Historic Surplus Property Program, which transfers surplus historic properties from federal ownership to state and local governments.

We manage the Historic Preservation Internship Training Program, which provides interns the opportunity to work in cultural resource management programs in the National Park Service and other Federal agencies.

Our staff brings an average of 21 years of historic preservation experience to our national historic preservation program. We have worked in the private sector, local non-profit preservation organizations, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Offices, national parks, National Park Service regional offices, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Contact us for more information.