Joseph McGill founded the Slave Dwelling Project as a Civil War historian and descendant of the enslaved to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings. Since it’s founding, he has brought his expertise to nearly 100 sites across the country – in October he will be on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Since 1984, Historic Ellicott City, Inc., has worked closely with designers, artisans, and tradespeople to restore a historic property into that year’s Decorator Show House. The goal of the program is engage history and preservation in all aspects of the construction, remodeling, and decor – and then open it up for all the community to see.
Field Director to Manage Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center
09/12/2016 By Preservation Maryland
In response to the devastating July flood in historic Ellicott City in Howard County, Preservation Maryland has opened a Preservation Resource Center on Main Street to guide rebuilding efforts of historic properties, assist property and business owners navigate appropriate repairs and rebuilding, and provide expert guidance in applying and using incentives to preserve each building’s historic character.
Renée S. Novak, Field Director
The Resource Center, which is currently operating out of the old Ellicott City post office, is providing a wide variety of preservation assistance, including connecting property owners with consultants and contractors, navigating the historic district review process and providing information on financial assistance available, including local, state and federal tax credit programs. Workshops and talks on specific preservation topics will also be provided as the Center expands its efforts this fall.
The operations of the Center are overseen by Field Director Renée S. Novak. She can be reached at 410-685-2886, x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renée’s most recent work has been with the Maryland Historical Trust, the State Historic Preservation Office, as a Tax Credit Review Officer in the Office of Preservation Services. Her primary role there was to assist homeowners, business owners, architects, and the general public with the review and approval process for historic residential and commercial tax credit projects throughout Maryland.