The Greendale Historical Society is requesting that Village residents send letters of support to have Greendale gain Federal Landmark Status.
In 2003 the Greendale Historical Society and the State of Wisconsin Historical Society submitted a nomiation for the National Historic Landmark status. Greendale was listed on the National Register of Historic Place in 2005, however, the process towards National Historic Landmark was a much longer one that required further study.
The nomination study was completed on September 8, 2011 and is now under committee evaluation.
In a letter from the Greendale Historical Society states, “This historical designation is the most prestigious that can be given in the United States.”
This can affect owners of historical homes:
- The tax laws provide 20% investment tax credit with a full adjustment for rehabilitating historic commercial, industrial and rental residential building.
- Federal tax deductions for charitable contributions or for conservation purposes of partial interests in historically important land areas or structures are allowed.
- Technical assistance regarding tax credits, preservations, etc. can be obtained through the National Park Service and the State Historical Society.
- Homeowners and businesses will be eligible for grants and loans if and when funds are available because of the National Historic Landmark designation.
The evaluation committee meeting will be held on November 8, 9 and 10 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, State Sen. Mary Lazich, State Rep. Jeff Stone and County Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo are all sending letters of support to the National Historic Landmarks Program. Village Trustees also plan to send in letters.
Individuals interested in sending in letters can send them to the address below by Nov. 1.
Mr. J. Paul Loether
Chief, National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC, 20240
Any questions regarding the designation can call the Greendale Historical Society at (414) 423-7064.