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Request for Proposals: McGlashan-Nickerson House

Calais, Maine

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A 360-degree view of a room inside the historic McGlashan-Nickerson House

Photo by Ashley L. Conti, Friends of Acadia, NPS

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The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking proposals from interested parties to lease the historic McGlashan-Nickerson House within Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.

The NPS has declared the house excess to the needs of the bureau and conducted an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine its disposition. Based on feedback received during a public comment period for the EA, the NPS selected the new alternative, which is to preserve the McGlashan-Nickerson House through a lease.

Through a Request for Proposals (RFP), the McGlashan-Nickerson House is available for a long-term lease of up to 60 years on favorable terms. The lease will require that the lessee rehabilitate and preserve the building.

An initial deadline of Dec 10, 2019 was set for proposals at the National Park Service Regional Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. No proposals were received. The NPS will continue to accept proposals through 2022 as part of the agreement made between the NPS, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and other interested parties to allow for the promotion and outreach of the RFP.

Request for Proposals, Attachments, and Additional Information


McGlashan-Nickerson House Q&A's

1. What are the taxes and what was the last years assessed?

The following information came off the Calais Tax Assessor's website: The McGlashan-Nickerson house is Parcel no.015-018 and was last assessed in 2018 for a total value of $198,400, broken out as Land at $83,200 and the Building at $110,200.

We recommend contacting the tax assessor directly to ensure accuracy.

Andrea Walton
Tax Assessor
Phone: 207-454-2521 ext. 1006

2. What is the footprint (dimensions) of the entire building?

Download a drawing of approximate dimensions (PDF, 19 kb)

3. Can you explain tax credits and how they might apply to a National Register property, like the McGlashan-Nickerson House?

Each potential Lessee is unique and there are many variables in the tax code.

The State Historic Preservation Office (i.e., Maine Historic Preservation Commission) and Maine Preservation are the experts on tax credits.

Contacts for these organizations can be found in the following links: Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Tax Incentives and Maine Preservation Tax Credit Partnerships.

Info on tax credits can also be found here:

4. Does the house have to be fully restored according to the Guidelines for Treatment of historic properties?

A Preservation Maintenance Plan will need to be approved by the National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) prior to work being done. Rehabilitation work should comply with the Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation:

NPS can assist with the development of the maintenance plan. See 10.3 of Attachment A (Sample Lease) in the RFP.

5. What treatments are expected for this historic structure?

The most likely treatment will be Rehabilitation. This allows for the most flexibility of use and allows for some alteration. Preservation could also be a treatment, but this is stricter in terms of maintenance and repair of historic materials.

“Preservation focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property's form as it has evolved over time. Rehabilitation acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property's historic character.”

6. Who would pay for the insurance?

Insurance is the Lessee’s responsibility. See Section 14, Insurance and Indemnification, in Attachment A (Sample Lease) of the RFP.

7. What is the expected timeframe to restore the structure?

There is no expected time frame. If a tax credit is applied for, there may be a time limit requirement to finish rehabilitation. The expected time frame for the length of the lease can be up to 60 years.

8. Are there limitations to the kinds of RFPs that will be accepted? For example, will proposals for commercial, residential, or a business such as an Airbnb or luxury B&B, be considered? Will a combination of both, such as a business venture in the barn and office space or residence in the main house?

If the proposal is respectful to the structure and meets the Proposal Selection Criteria in the RFP (see Section C, page 6), all proposals will be considered.

9. Can a lessee have horses on the property? Other pets, such as dogs?


10. When does the RFP end?

October 10, 2021.

11. What is the deadline to submit proposals?

Proposals will be evaluated weekly as they are received up until October 10, 2021 (two years from the release date of the RFP).

12. Would any applicant qualify for preservation grants to assist in the restoration of the house, or must the applicant be a non-profit or charitable organization?

There are different federal and state grants available for private and non-profit as well as grants for private, commercial. Contact Maine Historic Preservation Commission for more information.

13. What are the approved uses for the house for lease In Maine?

There are a range of uses for the house that would be considered. Residential as well as commercial uses will be considered including educational, museum, or cultural uses. This is described more completely on page 4, #2 of the Request for Proposal for the lease of the house.

14. Is the National Park Service obtaining materials for the property?


If you have further questions, please email Gail Gladstone.

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McGlashan-Nickerson House

NPS/Meg Scheid

Last updated: January 3, 2022

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