Episode 9: Revitalizing Historic Schools with James Rolf

In this week’s episode I interview James Rolf, the Director of Planning and Preservation with the Recovery School District in New Orleans. In this position James works to revitalize historic school buildings by increasing and managing historic tax credits, creating preservation briefs for contractors and consulting with architects on major renovation projects. He also serves as a community liaison to inform the public about the programs and objectives of the RSD. In addition to historic tax credits, James also works with the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund which provides financial incentives to revitalize low income communities and he works with new market tax credits when consulting on new construction.

In addition to his work with the RSD, James also completed the restoration of his family’s ancestral home and owns his own preservation company, Rolf Restoration Works, LLC. Rolf Restoration Works is currently working on a project for St. Joseph’s Church and School in Gretna, LA.

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