The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation was awarded more than $1 million in federal grants through the Historic Preservation Fund from the National Park Service.
The grants, totaling $1,013,757 will help historic preservation projects related to hurricane recovery efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. The grants are aimed at supporting the preservation, repair and recovery of properties listed in or eligible inclusion in the National Register.
The National Park Service awarded the grants to support necessary compliance of the National Preservation Act.
Surveys will be completed in accordance with the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation Survey Guidelines. Data collected will include building age, architectural style and form, and historic significance.
A damage assessment will be completed for each structure, and an effort will be made to identify whether the damage can be directly related to Hurricane Harvey. Once the data has been reviewed, it will be added to the existing Historic Resource Inventory and posted on the state’s Cultural Division of Historic Preservation public web map. The information may be used by emergency responders, researchers, or other consultants as a useful tool to assess damage from Hurricane Harvey and identify vulnerable properties and assist with future disaster response efforts.
Outreach and assessment of damages will continue in the following parishes showing the greatest need for public assistance in the aftermath of the storm: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, St. Charles and Vernon.
Once those parishes are assessed, work would then move to 11 other parishes affected: Acadia, Assumption, DeSoto, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Rapides, St. Mary and Vermilion.
For more information on the grant, click here.