A preservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement, typically in the form of a deed, that is used to preserve the integrity of a historic building, site, or landscape. This agreement, which grants the Preservation Resource Center the right to preclude changes that would compromise the historic integrity of the resource, is binding in perpetuity. The owner retains rights of ownership while transferring partial interest in the property to the Preservation Resource Center.

Donating an easement to the Preservation Resource Center is the best assurance that your historic resource will be preserved and maintained forever, even if the property changes hands.

While many areas in New Orleans are already under some type of design review, these boundaries can be altered, while an easement is legally binding. Additionally, the property owner may be eligible for a tax benefit upon donation.

From 19th-century Greek Revival structures to mid-20th-century modernist ones, 140 historic buildings are part of the Preservation Resource Center’s preservation easement portfolio. With such protection, the PRC guarantees that these buildings will always be maintained and that future changes will align with the structure’s architectural style or historic integrity. 

Program Contact
Leah S. Tubbs, Easement Program Director

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