The City of Cambridge is one of the oldest towns in Maryland dating back to 1684. In 1986, a group of citizens organized an effort to recognize and preserve Cambridge's rich architectural heritage. Their work resulted in the listing of the Cambridge Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. This listing enables property owners to take advantage of Federal and state tax benefits for approved renovations and restorations.
Several years later, the Cambridge community worked with the Mayor and Council to create the locally-designated Cambridge Historic District and to establish the Cambridge Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). This local designation enables the HPC to manage requested changes to buildings within the historic district.
The Historic District encompasses a large portion of downtown Cambridge then extends in a northwest direction along the waterfront to include portions of Wards 1, 3 and 4. It covers over forty city blocks and was the home of many prominent business owners and tradesmen. A variety of architectural styles can be found in the District as most of the buildings date from the second half of the nineteenth century and the first three decades of the twentieth century.
For more information contact the Planning and Zoning Department at (410) 228-1955 or at [email protected]
The Historic Preservation Commission of Cambridge is seeking public comments on draft Design Guidelines. The original Design Guidelines were adopted in 1999 and have not been updated since that time. The Design Guidelines assist the HPC and property owners in reviewing and evaluating changes to the exteriors of properties and streetscape. The following are links to the draft material by chapter.
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It is recommended that public comments on the draft guidelines be submitted in writing to the HPC. The deadline for accepting public comments has been extended to December 31st, 2014.
Comments in writing can also be sent by email to staff at [email protected] or to the following address:
City of Cambridge Public Works Department, 1025 Washington Street, Cambridge, MD 21613
The Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) has several financial assistance programs that can assist private property owners.
For more information on the Maryland Historic Trust Tax Credit and assistance programs go to the following website link: http://mht.maryland.gov/owners.html
Historic Preservation Tax Credits (Early Coordination Needed)
Work approved by the Cambridge Historic Preservation Commission is not a substitute for Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) or National Park Service approval of work for which historic preservation tax credits will be used. The Commission may allow work that the state and federal agencies deny, or vice-versa. The tax credits cannot be used for work already completed. For information on the tax credits, please see the Maryland Historical Trust web site at www.marylandhistoricaltrust.net or contact the Trust at 410-514-7628. MHT recommends that property owners who intend to use the Rehabilitation Tax Credit submit their applications for Tax Credits to MHT prior to undertaking HPC review.
For more information on how the federal tax credit process works, click on this website:
The National Park Service publishes the Preservation Briefs to provide technical information on various rehabilitation topics including the use of Tax Credits. The briefs are available on the National Park Service website; http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm or click on the following topics: