Determining Whether a Building is Historic

It's often necessary to know if your property is considered historic and what that means as a property owner. The National Park Service's, Technical Preservation Services consider these things when determining if a property is historic.

  • The property is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The property contributes to a National Register of Historic Places-listed historic district
  • The property contributes to a National Park Service-designated Certified Historic District
  • The property is individually listed by a Certified Local Government* Contributes to a Certified Local Government-designated historic district. Click here to learn whether your community participates in the Certified Local Government program and for information on how communities qualify for this status.

Preservation Briefs

The National Park Service series on nearly 50 different technical topics and treatments provide basic guidance and explanations behind many aspects of the Secretary of the Interior

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Preservation Tech Notes

Tech Notes are case studies of historic preservation treatments. They provide practical information on traditional practices and innovative techniques for successfully maintaining

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