[10 on Tuesday] Build Your National Register Knowledge


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“The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.” -- National Park Service

The National Register is an important and useful tool in preservation. Inclusion in the Register signifies to the nation that a place is worth preserving. It also often opens up doors to helping the preservation of a site become a reality, though doesn’t guarantee it.

To help you learn a little more about this resource, we’ve collected -- and answered -- 10 frequently asked questions about the National Register of Historic Places.


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[10 on Tuesday] Build Your National Register Knowledge

  1. 1. The National RegisterBuild your knowledge about the National Registerof Historic Places. Photo courtesy of Natalie Maynor, Flickr
  2. 2. Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell, Flickr1. How old is it?The National Register is 46 years old. It was authorized bythe National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, and isadministered by the National Park Service.
  3. 3. 2. How many places are listed?Currently, there are 87,265 places listed on theNational Register. They represent more than 1.4million individual resources. And more areadded every day.Photo courtesy of army.arch, Flickr
  4. 4. 3. What are the benefits?In addition to the honor associatedwith having your property listed onthe National Register, thisrecognition is generally the first stepfor receiving preservation fundingfrom state and local governments. Itcan help towards eligibility for taxcredit programs. Photo courtesy of dok1, Flickr
  5. 5. 4. Are there any restrictions forproperty owners?No (unfortunately). It’s a general misconception that if a property islisted on the National Register it is in some way permanentlyprotected, but that is not necessarily the case. Photo courtesy of puroticorico, Flickr
  6. 6. 5. How long will a propertybe listed?A property will remain on the National Registeruntil it has been altered in such a way that theoriginal, qualifying features have been lost -- forinstance, if fires or storms have destroyed theproperty, or the structure has been moved.Photo courtesy of Tony Fisher Photography, Flickr
  7. 7. Photo courtesy of daveynin, Flickr
  8. 8. Photo courtesy of Ken Zirkel, Flickr6. How old does a place need to be?A property must be at least 50 years old to qualify for NationalRegister listing. (There are special guidelines for nominatingplaces that are younger.)
  9. 9. 7. What types of places canbe nominated?Nearly any type of place you canthink of can be nominated for theNational Register. Districts, sites,buildings, structures, and objects --places that are significant to thecommunity, state, or nation. Photo courtesy of kretyen, Flickr
  10. 10. 8. Who can nominate?Any individual can nominate a place to theNational Register, but it is recommended thatyou contact your State Historic PreservationOffice (SHPO) first, before submitting theappropriate forms.Photo courtesy of army.arch, Flickr
  11. 11. 9. What is the nomination process?Once nomination forms are submitted to the SHPO, they will contactall related parties, including the owner of the property, localgovernments, and the public for comments. The SHPO and NationalRegister Review Board will review the nomination and allaccompanying information.Then, after the nomination has been recommended by both theSHPO and Review Board, it goes to the National Park Service forfinal review.Finally, the property is officially listed by the Keeper of the NationalRegister of Historic Places.
  12. 12. 10. Can the database be accessed?Yes, you can access the National Register of Historic Placesdatabase online at www.nps.org/gov/nr/research. Photo courtesy of M Floyd, Flickr
  13. 13. National Register Places pictured.Slide 1: Byram Bridge, Hinds County, MS / listed 1979Slide 2: Octagon House, Barrington, IL / listed 1979Slide 3: Stagg Hall, Port Tobacco, MD / listed 1988Slide 4: Wesley Chapel, Hopetown, OH / listed 1979Slide 5: Wigwam Village #6, Holbrook, AZ / listed 2002Slide 6: Comstock covered bridge, CT / listed 1976Slide 7: Wall Street Stamp Mill, San Bernadino County, CA / listed 1974Slide 8: Frederick Apartments, Charlotte, NC / listed 2001Slide 9: Point Betsie Light Station, Benzie County, MI / listed 1984Slide 10: Bartlesville Downtown Historic District, OK / listed 1991Slide 12: Tivoli Theater, Chattanooga, TN / listed 1973
  14. 14. Ten on Tuesday features ten preservationtips each week. For more tips, visitblog.PreservationNation.org.