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Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations, Management & Technical Assistance, Professional Societies & Associations

Mission: Preservation Chapel Hill is dedicated to protecting the character and heritage of the Town of Chapel Hill, and the surrounding community, through the preservation and conservation of its historic buildings and cultural landscapes. To achieve our mission, our approach is three-fold: ​PRESERVE We preserve historic structures and places by offering Preservation Loans for rehabilitation and renovation projects, preparing Historic Structure Reports and conducting resource surveys at a reduced fee, and consulting with property owners during the design phase of projects in preparation for making applications to the Historic District District Commission, Planning Board, or Town Council. ​ ADVOCATE We advocate for preservation initiatives by encouraging projects that balance the need for development and growth with the desire to retain our historic resources. We work with partners in economic development, heritage tourism, public education, and local government to ensure a voice for historic preservation is present in the decision-making process. ​ EDUCATE We educate the public and our partners about what historic preservation is, why it matters, and how it can be a tool to achieve our community's goals. The field of historic preservation has developed and changed over the last fifty years, and we are a resource for understanding its role in today's society. ​

Results: Since 1972, PCH has purchased, rehabilitated, and sold numerous properties in Chapel Hill, protected twelve properties in perpetuity by administering preservation easements, advocated successfully for development projects that are sensitive to surrounding historic properties, and assisted countless property owners with researching, rehabilitation, and preserving their historic homes and businesses.

Target demographics: our community balance the need for growth with the protection of historic resources

Direct beneficiaries per year: advocate for development projects sensitive to the historic districts, create an inventory of Chapel Hill's historic buildings, and add interpretive signage and information at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

Geographic areas served: Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Programs: technical services (research, National Register, tax credits, preservation easements) educational tours (downtown Chapel Hill, downtown Carrboro, women's history, Old Chapel Hill Cemetery) special events (Voices from the Grave, Holiday House Tour, Preservation Showcase Tours)

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This nonprofit is now known as Preservation Chapel Hill.
As a volunteer for this organization over the last dozen years, I have observed the staff and other volunteers work hard on many preservation projects in Chapel Hill. It has used its Endangered Properties fund to save and restore historic buildings. In addition it is very involved in educating the public about the importance of historic preservation.

Perhaps its most important project has been the preservation and maintenance of the historic Horace Williams House and grounds. This house is the only historic house in Chapel Hill open to the public.