The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, architecture, archeology, engineering, or culture. Overseen by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the program is part of a national policy to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our cultural and natural resources. The National Register is maintained by the Secretary of the Interior under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
Criteria for Evaluation
The quality of significance in American history, architecture, archeology, and culture is present in districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association, and
- that are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or
- that are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or
- that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
- that have yielded or are likely to yield, information important to history or pre-history.
Ordinarily cemeteries, birthplaces or graves of historical figures, properties owned by religious institution or used for religious purposes, structures that have been moved from their original locations, reconstructed historic buildings, properties primarily commemorative in nature, and properties that have achieved significance within the past 50 years are not considered eligible for the National Register, unless they are integral parts of districts that do meet the criteria, or are of exceptional architectural or historic significance.
What National Register Listing Does
The listing of a building, site, or district on the National Register of Historic Places accords it a certain prestige, which can raise the property owner’s and community’s awareness and pride.
The information contained in this summary was drawn from the National Register Fact Sheet prepared by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.