One of the most significant ways Historic Boston Incorporated supports historic preservation is by investing in the full rehabilitation of historic places. HBI will acquire buildings and rehabilitate them for new uses while preserving their historic characteristics. Historic Boston then sells them to owners who agree to follow easement restrictions.
HBI looks for projects that will offer a significant benefit to the surrounding neighborhood based on our Selection Criteria. The organization works with the local leaders to ensure that a project is in line with the needs and priorities of the community in which it is located.
In choosing projects, the organization considers their potential impact on their community, whether it will attract additional resources and whether the project represents a prototypical solution to a wider problem in preservation.
Generally, the property must be eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places or designated or recommended for designation as a Boston Landmark. It is likely to be given priority if it is prominently located and a bell-weather for the future well-being of a neighborhood.
HBI’s preservation work is guided by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.