January 19, 2016

ONA January Meeting Recap: Economic Benefits of Landmark Designations

Did you know that the vast majority of homes in Oakhurst are historic—and that federal and local programs provide economic incentives for their renovation?  At last Thursday's ONA meeting, City of Fort Worth Historic Preservation Officer Liz Casso spent some time addressing that topic.  Click on the image below to view her presentation.


In 2010, Oakhurst was designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places following the approval of a professionally-researched nomination by local historian Susan Kline.  Of 710 houses in the neighborhood, over 530 are considered “contributing” structures to the district.  This means those houses have retained a substantial amount of their original architectural integrity since the time of their construction (1920s-'50s).  The two additions comprising our neighborhood, Oakhurst and West Oakhurst, are considered to be a visual encyclopedia of housing styles from those decades.  Tudor was the predominant style in the original addition, accompanied by Bungalows, American Folk, and Ranch Style.  For more information on this topic, scroll to the bottom of our Oakhurst History page.  You might also be interested in the Gallery of Homes.

The National Register listing makes income producing properties in Oakhurst eligible for a 20% investment tax credit when substantial rehabilitation is performed on those properties.  Additionally, the City of Fort Worth provides a Historic Site Tax Exemption to homeowners performing substantial renovations on historically-designated properties.  To learn more about applying for a historic designation for your property, visit the City's Criteria for Historic Designation website or click on the links below.

FAQ about Historic and Cultural Landmark Designations
FAQ for Historic Site Tax Exemptions

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