Finding the funds and the know-how to fix up old buildings can be a real challenge. Two free seminars taking place April 10 in Rhinelander by Mark Buechel, Wisconsin Historical Society senior preservation architect, can help home and commercial property owners navigate through their options.
• “How Not to Ruin Your Old House,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Rhinelander District Library, basement meeting room, covers basic common mistakes homeowners make with siding, windows, masonry, insulation and drainage. Homeowners are encouraged to bring pictures and questions about their homes.
• “Show Me the Money: Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Commercial Property,” from 6 to 7 p.m. with time for questions afterwards, Rhinelander City Hall, Council Chambers, second floor, covers new changes in the Wisconsin State Tax Code that increased tax credits for rehabilitation of income-producing property. Registration requested.
The evening presentation focuses on tax credits for historic buildings administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Information will also be available for rehabilitation tax credits for buildings built before 1936 that are not certified as historic. Combining state and Federal tax credits could save building owners as much as 40 percent of expenses for structural and mechanical improvements, and help link owners to sources of expertise in preserving original building components
Register online at www.suretomeet.com event search, zip code 54501, or contact Theresa at the city of Rhinelander Inspection Department, 715-365-8606. Both meeting sites are handicap accessible. The presentations are sponsored by the state of Wisconsin Historical Society and the city of Rhinelander Historic Preservation Commission.