Paul Bruhn P.A.C.E. Program

Program Introduction:

In 2022 the City of Madison announced it has been awarded a $325,000 National Park Service (NPS) Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to support the city’s PACE Grant Program. The Paul Bruhn PACE Grant Program was created to administer the awarded funds and disburse them to eligible projects.

Program Description:

The primary goal of the Paul Bruhn PACE Grant Program is to encourage proper exterior historic rehabilitation and preservation to both residential and commercial properties located within the City of Madison’s Historic District.

A proper rehabilitation is one that maintains, preserves, and protects as much of the original or historic fabric as possible. Where possible, it is always preferred that historic materials are repaired rather than replaced. Historic architectural elements should only be replaced when they are either missing or deteriorated or damaged beyond repair. If an exterior architectural element is missing, reconstruction is recommended. Adequate historic documentation, such as pictures, should be used, when possible, to accurately reproduce missing exterior architectural elements.

Projects funded by the Paul Bruhn PACE Grant Program must be in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. If the historic property is not currently protected by a preservation easement, a 5-year preservation agreement will be required that meets the minimum federal preservation requirements set by the National Park Service.

Application Review and Approval:

This program is currently establishing its policies, guidelines, and application process. While we are not currently accepting applications, we anticipate an open round happening in Summer of 2023. Acceptance of applications will be advertised through local press.