Curtain Wall in Historic Tax Credit Projects

The materials and techniques involved in
modern construction allowed for rapid
construction in the mid-20th century. One
such technique was the advent of the curtain wall in
building construction. Many of the iconic midcentury
modern buildings feature curtain walls. From the
Seagram Building in New York City to the one-story
Farnsworth House, the curtain wall, or a thin metal
and glass wall hung from the building’s structure,
is a defining architectural feature of midcentury
architecture. As many of these midcentury buildings
are now aging into the National Register’s 50-year
requirement for listing, new opportunities for historic
tax credit (HTC) rehabilitation projects emerge. This
article addresses the opportunities and challenges of
rehabbing curtain walls in HTC projects, featuring
the Mayflower Building in Dallas as a case study. Read Full Article Here