On October 4th, 2018, a significant portion of downtown Lewiston was added to the National Register of Historic Places as The Lewiston Commercial Historic District. This designation recognizes the historical and architectural significance that downtown Lisbon Street and Main St have had on the past, present, and future of Lewiston.
The creation of the historic district incentivizes investment and economic growth in downtown by allowing rehabilitation of most historic buildings to take advantage of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program. This program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It creates jobs and is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs.
The new historic district in Lewiston designates over 80 properties as contributing structures to the district, and allows current building owners or new investors to potentially take advantage of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.
Below are some common questions that have been asked about Historic District Designation and Historic Tax Credits. The answers provided are intended to be extremely simplified to give basic information. Persons interested in more complete information need to contact the Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s office http://www.maine.gov/mhpc/tax_incentives/ and The National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives/before-you-apply.htm