Local Historic District certification in University Heights.

The University Heights Historic District has the benefit of being designated under both the local Landmarks Ordinance and the federal National Register program. That means that owners of contributing properties in University Heights can use the state historic tax credit program for homeowners, and must also comply with design standards in the Landmarks Ordinance. The owners of 1811 Kendall Ave. chose not use the state tax credit program, But they were.. Read More

Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC Systems are Eligible for Tax Credits.

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Many homeowners in historic districts pay the full cost of upgrading building systems when they don’t need to. By ‘systems’ we mean the guts of a house that keep it functioning and comfortable – electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Contributing buildings in National Register historic districts are eligible for a Wisconsin Historic Tax Credit program that returns 25% of eligible expenditures to the owner in the form of a direct credit.. Read More

Window Restoration in University Heights


We recently finished a residential project in Madison’s University Heights Historic District. The owners of a 1911 bungalow on Chamberlain St. wanted to restore their original windows, install new storm windows, and improve ventilation of moisture from inside the house. The original windows and jambs were showing signs of decay caused by moisture condensation between the wood sashes and the exterior storm windows. The owners considered replacement, but decided to look into.. Read More

One of our current gigs

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Archetype is helping the owners of 1717 Kendall Ave. in Madison’s University Heights Historic District take advantage of Wisconsin’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.  We are also handling the certification of their project required by the city’s Landmarks Ordinance. The University Heights is a federally designated historic district and also a locally designated historic district under Madison’s Landmarks Ordinance. That means that the owners of 1717 Kendall are eligible for the.. Read More

Free Tax Credit Workshop

Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about Wisconsin’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.  It’s a free, open-to-the-public workshop on the program presented by the WI Historical Society, the WI Economic Development Corporation, and the WI Department of Revenue. Architects and tax credit specialists will be on hand to explain the program, how it works, and what’s eligible. Topics wil include: Eligible properties Eligible expenses Minimum investment requirements Transferability rules Application process.. Read More

Historic Tax Credits available soon in two new Madison Historic Districts

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A Ranch style house on Eau Claire Ave. in the University – Hill Farms neighborhood. The first ever Ranch and Split-level houses in Madison to take advantage of the Historic Tax Credit program will be in the University-Hill Farms and Sunset Hills neighborhoods. These two neighborhoods have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as historic districts. They’re not officially listed in the Register until the nominations are given.. Read More

Free Seminar on Small-Cap TIF in Madison

Oct. 25,  2-5 pm – Free and open to the public Mendota Lake House Bed and Breakfast, 704 E. Gorham Street, Madison, WI Madison’s small-cap TIF program has been available for several years in the Basset neighborhood and later the Mansion Hill neighborhood. Now, the program has been given a big boost by the city council. The small-cap TIF loan program provides 0%-interest loans for converting a rental property to an.. Read More

Alano Society house uses Facade Improvement Grant

The Alano Society club house at 511 N. Carroll St. in Madison recently completed a redesign of their facade using a grant from the city’s Facade Improvement Grant program. The house was built in 1848 for Willett and Jennie Main, and has been associated with the Alano Society of Madison, a supportive recovery community based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model, since 1948. It is one of the longest-serving houses in.. Read More