An historic preservation easement is a property right in the property (typically a building and its associated land) for the specific purpose of ensuring that the historical, architectural, or cultural interest or value is protected in perpetuity. The historic preservation easement is intended to prevent demolition and certain changes to the exterior of a structure, and even certain changes to the interior of the structure. The historic preservation easement is a voluntary grant by the property owner of such a property right to Historic Boulder. In order to grant an historic preservation easement, the property must first be designated as a landmark by a local government or landmarks commission, and the grant must be made to a governmentally qualified organization. Historic Boulder is such a qualified organization. Because an historic preservation easement is usually donated by the property owner, it may provide the owner with certain financial benefits including federal and state tax deductions and sometimes a lower property’s tax assessment. Tax deductions and property tax assessments have several qualification requirements and are determined by the applicable governmental entities through a process which may entail, among other requirements, evaluation by an IRS-qualified appraiser.