WEBSITE: Handbook for Connecticut Historic District and Historic Properties Commissions
This web site has been specifically developed for Connecticut's local
historic district commissioners and certified local government
The alternate url is: www.lhdct.org.
The site is the home of the electronic version of the recently revised and updated, Handbook for Connecticut Historic District and Historic Properties Commissions.
Though the Handbook was created for historic
district/properties commissions and certified local government
officials it is also a valuable resource for owners of historic houses
and others interested in historic designations and building and
The Handbook is available to be viewed online or downloaded
in pdf form for distribution. If you would like to obtain a
spiral-bound hard copy of the Handbook please contact the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation by following the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page.
www.historicdistrictsCT.org also provides a resource called the Commissioner Discussion Forum.
Forum will serve as a means for commissioners and certified
local government officials to share ideas. Forum topics may include
posts of important decisions, information about on-going issues, and
requests for peer advice.
Forum will also act as a virtual training center in which
challenges, best-practice methods, problems with applications for
certificates of appropriateness and successful experiences can be
shared with and critiqued by other users.
In Ask a Question we invite members of the general
public to submit inquiries about historic designations and related
matters, for which answers will be supplied by the Connecticut Trust
for Historic Preservation in association with the State Historic
Preservation Office at the Commission on Culture and Tourism.
The Connecticut Historic District and Historic Property Handbook
received support from the Commission on Culture & Tourism with
funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation was the project
director. In addition to producing this written Handbook, the
Connecticut Trust hosts www.historicdistricts.org or www.lhdct.org where the contents of the Handbook are available and searchable.
The web site includes a Forum discussion for Historic District Commissioners and a general Ask a Question unit.
The complete Handbook is downloadable from the web site.
Special thanks to Gregory Farmer, Connecticut Circuit Rider for the
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust for
Historic Preservation and to R. Hallock Svensk, Programs Officer at the
Connecticut Trust, who did all the preliminary research and writing.
Also thank you to Helen Higgins, Executive Director of the Connecticut
Trust for Historic Preservation, Roberta Lane, Senior Program Officer
and Regional Attorney, Northeast Office, National Trust for Historic
Preservation, and Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor of Law,
University of Connecticut Law School.
Thank you to staff at the Commission on Culture and Tourism for their
invaluable expertise and editing: Mary Donohue, Survey and Grants
Administrator and Mary Dunne, Local Government Grants Coordinator.
Thank you to Diana Ross McCain for copy editing and David Wolfram for