Preservation 101

Conservation Easements: Permanent Protection For Historic Places


Would you like to make sure your historic home or building survives for future generations to enjoy?


The best way to truly preserve a historic place is through a conservation easement, a legal document that permanently prohibits the demolition or insensitive alteration of a property -- even by future owners.


Easements ensure long-term protection of historic structures, and they can also offer potential tax benefits. You can learn more by viewing our easement properties and reading the overview on this page.

Historical Research Guide

Welcome to our guide to researching historic properties in Minnehaha County (of course, some of the resources listed here will also provide information about other areas as well). This guide is broken down into sections based on typical research needs: 


Landmark THIS!


Designating a building or site as a local landmark is one way to recognize and protect a historic resource. It is a proactive tool, and often something that owners and members of the public can do before a property is threatened. 


Many people have seen the destruction of historic neighborhoods and sites without knowing that their voice could have made a difference. You have a say in how your community changes over time.

Preservation Incentives Overview

This brief summary outlines the financial and construction incentives available for preserving qualified historic properties.


  • Preservation Incentives Overview (PDF)

Preservation Incentives for Homeowners

This comprehensive report from the Getty Conservation Institute is tailored specifically to homeowners.


Preservation Organizations: State and National

Below, we list statewide and national organizations that work in various aspects of historic preservation in South Dakota.


State Organizations


The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards play a crucial role in the historic preservation process: they are the nationally accepted standards for how historic buildings should be rehabilitated. The Standards are to be applied to specific rehabilitation projects in a reasonable manner, taking into consideration economic and technical feasibility.

Find Government Incentives, Rebates, and Grants

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