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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces Rochester’s Geva Theatre Center to Receive Federal Support for Rehabilitation Efforts

February 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus, today announced that the National Park Service (NPS) will provide Geva Theatre Center in Rochester with a 20 percent tax credit through the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for recent rehabilitation efforts. This program is intended to encourage the preservation of certified historic structures and promote economic renewal of historic communities.

“Geva Theatre Center is a major part of Rochester’s cultural fabric, entertaining hundreds of thousands of people for more than forty-five years. That’s why I’m so pleased that the National Park Service is providing this tax credit for the rehabilitation of this historic building that will ensure it serves our community for years to come,” said Slaughter.

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. The 20 percent income tax credit is used for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that have been certified as historic structures. Under this program, rehabilitation efforts must retain and preserve the historic character of the property, including distinctive features, finishes and construction techniques.

As one of the country’s leading not-for-profit professional theatres, Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s flagship theatre company and is the most attended regional theatre in New York State. Founded in 1972, Geva serves up to 160,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students. Geva’s productions are created and rehearsed in and for Rochester, drawing upon the talents of the country’s top actors, directors, designers and writers.