Preservation Services

Executive Director Alphonse Pieper assesses the condition of a 100-year old addition to a 1821 house.

Historic Ithaca provides technical and logistical support to individuals, organizations, and municipal governments in preserving our heritage and to foster awareness of the historic resources in our community.


Historic Ithaca’s Preservation Services can provide the expertise of an architectural conservator to owners of older and historic properties. Through site visits and consultations, our trained staff examine and assess a building’s problems and recommend corrective or preventive measures, working with building owners to select interior and exterior treatments appropriate to the historic fabric.


Through our Work Preserve program at Significant Elements, our architectural salvage store, we are able to offer services including sash repair, furniture repair, lighting repair, and hardware restoration.


We provide support to individuals and groups nominating historic properties to the National Register of Historic Places and for local historic designation. We can assist with identifying funding sources where available and applicable. We have a long track record of providing consultant services to municipalities and other groups undertaking cultural resource surveys, historic structure reports, and similar projects.


What stories does your house have to share?

Our staff will research the complete history of your home or commercial building and present the findings to you in a keepsake binder. Includes:

  • Complete deed history
  • Names and occupations of past owners and inhabitants
  • An assessment of changes over time
  • High-resolution digital images documenting historic features

Fee: $250 / $225 for Friends of Historic Ithaca
For more information, contact or call (607)273-6633

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