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Main Street Franklin Fund Facade Grant Program

The Main Street Franklin Fund & Main Street Franklin is recently entered into the second round of facade grants. Congratulations to the Costello Barn Project for receiving this $1000 matching grant for 2015! The first round, completed in 2012, benefited the Village Plaza. Check out the before and after pictures!

The purpose of the incentive Grant Program is to restore, repair or preserve facades of historic commercial buildings anywhere within the historic Village Center commercial business district as covered by Main Street Franklin (MSF).  All projects shall be undertaken in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as well as the codes of the Village, and must be approved by the MSFF Board of Directors and the Historic District Commission (HDC).



 The Jones Building, or the Village Center Plaza, before the 2012 Facade Grant Program

The Jones Building, or the Village Center Plaza, after the 2012 Facade Grant Program

To access the 2015 MSFF Facade Grant Program application, please click the link below:

Facade Grant Program Application

All projects must comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

The Standards (Department of Interior regulations, 36 CFR 67) pertain to historic buildings of all materials, construction types, sizes, and occupancy and encompass the exterior and the interior, related landscape features and the building's site and environment as well as attached, adjacent, or related new construction. The Standards are to be applied to specific rehabilitation projects in a reasonable manner, taking into consideration economic and technical feasibility.

1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.

2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.

3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.

4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.

5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.

6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.

7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.

8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.

9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.

10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.


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