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Heritage Covenants and Preservation: The Calgary Civic Trust

Edited by Michael McMordie and Frits Pannekoek, With Anne E. English, Kimberly Haskell, and Sally Jennings

$34.95 CAD / $39.95 USD (S)

260 pages, 57 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-133-5 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-362-9 (Institutional PDF)

November 2004

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About the Book

Urban planners, government officials, and preservation activists are increasingly at odds as every day more and more heritage buildings are threatened with destruction to make way for urban development and revitalization. Stakeholders in these often emotionally and politically charged debates have arrived at what is potentially a solution that can satisfy all parties in the equation. Heritage covenants are a complex legal instrument involving the sale or donation of a heritage interest to a not-for-profit organization or government agency. In an unprecedented initiative, the Calgary Civic Trust, in the year 2000, brought together experts and leaders in heritage covenants from Canada, Great Britain, and the United States to discuss the future of this unique preservation instrument. This book is a result of the proceedings and focuses specifically on this sophisticated aspect of heritage preservation.

Michael McMordie is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Calgary.

Frits Pannekoek is president of Athabasca University and has written widely on preservation issues.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Acknowledgements

Covenants: An Introduction

Workshop: An Introduction

Section 1: The International Context

1. The British Experience
Tim Butler

2. The American Experience
Paul Edmondson

Section 2: Canadian Precedents

3. Ontario Precedents
Jeremy Collins

4. The Preservation and Planning Context in Alberta
Larry Pearson

5. The Calgary Context
Rob Graham

Section 3: Financial and Legal Considerations

6. Tax Implications: Financial and Legal Considerations
Marc Denhez

7. Heritage Canada Policy: The Canadian Tax Context
Doug Franklin

8. Calculating the Market Value: Appraisal Methods
Jason Ness

Session 4: Discussion

9. A Review of Key Issues and Design of a Covenant

Michael McMordie

10. Realities of the Development Industry: The Impact of Covenanting on Development—A Panel Discussion

11. Stewardship through Covenanting: Moving Forward