Jennifer Hembree, a Senior Associate in the MHA West office, is an expert in the application and certification requirements for rehabilitation projects seeking the 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit. Since joining the firm in 2002, Jen has prepared over 60 Historic Preservation Certification Applications (Parts 1, 2, and 3) and National Register nominations for projects across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. She has prepared federal tax credit applications for a variety of developments, including multiple building/ functionally related complexes and scattered sites. She is also familiar with State historic tax credit programs such as North Carolina’s State Mill Rehabilitation Credit and the Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation State Tax Credit, and has assisted in qualifying a number of buildings for the Louisiana State Commercial Tax Credit.
Jen is an accomplished architectural historian and historical researcher. Her National Register credentials include L. Greif & Bro., Inc. Manufactory (Maryland), Hotel Dale (Kansas), Wahkonsa Hotel (Iowa), McKinley Tower Apartments (Alaska), the Winston-Salem Tobacco District (North Carolina), Connecticut General Life Insurance Company Headquarters (Connecticut), the Buzza Company Building (Minnesota) and most recently, The Reynolds Building (North Carolina). She has also prepared a number of preliminary determinations of eligibility including those for the California Packing Corporation Warehouse (California), the Saratoga (Louisiana), and the Knik Arm Power Plant and the Polaris (both in Alaska).
Earlier in her career, Jen served as a field and lab technician on archaeological excavations in Morocco and presented findings on the subject at the 2000 Society for American Archeology Annual Meeting. She also previously worked in administrative and technical capacities for the American Alliance of Museums publications department, and has held data and collections management intern positions with the Archeology Program and the Museum Management Program, both divisions of the National Park Service.
In her spare time, Jen has contributed to the Historic Rehabilitation Advisor, a monthly newsletter from the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association for real estate, tax, and historic rehabilitation professionals. She has also researched historical and graphical information for development of numerous trail signs along the Alexandria Heritage Trail in Virginia and served as the volunteer coordinator for the Alexandria Legacies Oral History Program for over eight years.
Jen is a member of Friends of Alexandria Archaeology and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as a Master’s degree in American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland-College Park.
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