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The OCPA Mission
OCPA supports the preservation of designated historic districts as well as individual historic sites. The pressures of growth and development often result in erosion or destruction of the character of communities, and even destruction of the actual buildings.
Historic districts were created to give us a window into a particular time. They usually comprise less than 2% of the built area of a town or city, yet are often targeted by development due to the fact that they are frequently in good locations and have stable or increasing property values. The protection that strong guidelines provided enabled values to increase, which ironically make these districts become more vulnerable to those wanting larger, more modern homes in a central location. Unfortunately, these are often builders who do not value the character and ambience of the historic district. Financial and other pressures often weaken the resolve of the local government staff and officials to protect these districts. As a result, loss of heritage and character as well as valuable tourist attractions ensue.
OCPA seeks to work with officials, other preservation organizations and the public. We provide information and organize groups for outreach on issues of preservation of local communities.
A Lost Treasure...
What is an architectural treasure?
An architectural treasure can be any type of architecture, residential or commercial, a unique neighborhood or a district. In short, the structure or area must be architecturally significant for the period and place in which it was built, it must be at least fifty years old, and/or have had a prominent designer, resident or other unique function or distinguishing character.