What is the National Register of Historic Places?

This register is an official listing of properties in the United States designated for preservation for future use and observation. Qualifications of the list according to the National Park Service can be a site, a district, building, structure or even some type of object. The reasons as to why these things are to be restored and preserved need to be considered for the register. Any of these qualified items may even earn a tax credit to offset costs that the preservation can cause.

History of the Register

In 1966, lawmakers passed the Historic Preservation Act. This act enabled the National Park Service to create an office to manage all the places that need protection from becoming damaged or destroyed. Various managers and directors set up a central networking site for the many different agencies with the same intentions to work together. Through this networking opportunity, archaeologist, financial experts, and administrators established guidelines for grant writing, fundraising and, steps and procedures of running the register. Thus, making the official policies and operations of the Register transparent and accessible to the public. Historic properties that used financial gain to support their preservation acquired an additional tax incentive. This incentive ultimately led to the criteria that any historical property upkeep and profits were to be included criteria for entry into the register.


Register Nominations Criteria

If you want to get your historic property onto the register, you must meet specific criteria. A form provides necessary information such as what it is, what shape it is in and what is its significance. In other words, why should the property be restored or preserved? Is it essential to the location in the community? Is it relevant to the United States as a whole? The National Park Service collects the information on the form and approves it for further action or disapproves it depending on the information provided.



The process for entry to the Registry is a bit complicated. You need to get help from the people who have experience with successful submissions. You must be committed to a finished project, and you must be able to provide money for the upkeep of your preserve property. Once you accomplish this, many rewards can benefit your hard work. This benefit can include support created by remembrance and celebration, tourism and education, revenue and tax incentives. The register provides a real umbrella of protection for the historic property which can provide additional protections that is city or town cannot alone provide.

Check out the register here and browse the current listings. Do you have a history property you would like to preserve and protect?