Historic District History
Over 100 buildings in downtown Jamestown were added to the National Register of Historic Places through the creation of the Downtown Jamestown Historic District in 2014.
The JRC prepared the nomination documents for the district and now works closely with property owners and prospective investors to realize the benefits of listing a building on the National Register. These benefits include:
- 20% federal income tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation of historic, income producing properties
- 20% state income tax credit to be used in tandem with federal tax credits
These federal and state tax credit programs have played a significant role in making renovation projects happen in historic downtowns across the country by making the projects financially feasible. For more information on districts and resources available to owners of historic properties, visit New York’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Properties who have used these tax credits can be found here.
- NYS and National Registers of Historic Places FAQ
- NYS Historic Home Ownershp Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program
- Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Workshop Presentation
- Federal and NYS Historic Preservation Tax Credit
- Preservation Buffalo Niagara
- Preservation League of NYS Presentation “Road Map to Preservation”
For the Downtown Jamestown Historic District securing the historical designation means most property owners can tap into historic preservation tax credits, one of the most lucrative and effective subsidies of recent years. The current federal and NYS tax credit programs have enabled much of the recent revitalization work in Buffalo and other parts of the state. Giving downtown Jamestown property owners access to this subsidy significantly increases the chances of renovation downtown, improves the quality of the downtown environment, and increases the inventory of available space. Over time, this stimulates demand, which brings new investments, rising rents, higher property values, a more stable financial picture for building owners, and a stronger tax base for the city. The Gokey, Key Bank and the Wellman Buildings, along with the Covenant Manor Apartments, are examples of those that have been able to take advantage of these tax credits.
The Lakeview Historic District is the first residential neighborhood in Jamestown to have been nominated. JRC worked with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to define the boundaries of the Lakeview district to be as broad as possible to encompass 200 property owners making them eligible for the tax credits. In just two years, a total of $88,000 has been invested in SHPO-approved improvements to eligible historic properties in this historic district. The property owners report that the SHPO staff was kind, understanding and helpful in the tax credit paperwork process.
- 6TH EAST STREET – SOUTH SIDE (EVEN)
- 8TH EAST STREET
- CHESTNUT STREET
- CROSSMAN STREET
- EUCLID AVENUE
- FALCONER STREET
- LAKEVIEW AVENUE – EAST SIDE (EVEN)
- LAKEVIEW AVENUE – WEST SIDE (ODD)
- LAKEVIEW CEMETERY
- LIBERTY STREET
- NEWTON AVENUE
- SPRUCE STREET
- STRONG STREET
- VAN BUREN STREET
- WILSON PLACE
- WINSOR STREET
The Forest Heights Historic District, with over 140 properties, is important to the historic development of Jamestown and contains a distinct mix of buildings in various architectural styles. Some properties in the neighborhood are individually listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, including the former home of Governor Reuben E. Fenton. Architectural styles in Forest Heights include Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and other vernacular types of structures.