Register of Historic Places
Protecting Heritage: Archaeology and History
Nominate a property to the state or national register of historic places
Benefits of having a property listed
- Local communities, states and the nation benefit from having tangible links to the past events, people, and artistic expressions that have molded the character of our nation.
- Listing is recognition of a properties importance in local, regional, or national history.
- Property owners are eligible for a number of grant and tax incentives as well as technical assistance in rehabilitation and maintenance of their historic property.
- Listing properties has financial benefits for communities by contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods and business districts and by promoting tourism.
Listing on the National or State Register of Historic Places protects and preserves a property
- Recognition and appreciation of historic properties and their importance.
- Consideration in state or federal project planning and in state or federally assisted projects.
- Eligibility for federal and state tax benefits.
- Consideration in decisions to issue federal permits.
- Qualification for federal and state grant assistance.
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The State Register of Cultural Properties is maintained by the Historic Preservation Division. The Cultural Properties Review Committee (CPRC) places historic and prehistoric properties on the State Register. The CPRC meets at least four times each year to place properties on the State Register and to forward nominations to the National Register.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The Register is administered by the National Park Service under the Secretary of the Interior.
1. Contact the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) to find out what is already known about your property
2. Obtain information about the register programs and a Preliminary Property Evaluation Form (Publication #1501) to record the property so a determination of eligibility can be made
3. If OAHP determines that the property is eligible for listing, obtain the necessary National or State Register nomination materials.
4. Conduct aPitional historical research on property. Helpful sources of information include:
- the National Register Bulletin: Researching a Historic Property,
- Colorado Historical Society Publication 1522: Researching the History of Your House, and
- DPL's Western History Genealogy Department's Building History Tutorial.
5. Photograph the property.
6. Prepare the nomination forms.
7. Submit nomination materials to OAHP.
8. Revise nomination materials as necessary with assistance of OAHP.
9. Attend State Review Board meeting. Properties recommended for listing are forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register, or in the case of State Register nominations, to the Board of the Colorado Historical Society.
10. Receive notification of listing. (Only properties which meet the criteria for significance and physical integrity are approved for listing.)
Find out if OAHP has any information on a particular building or site?
Our office maintains a database of thousands of records on historic and prehistoric resources around the state. Call our office at 303.866.3395 with a name, aPress or legal location to find out if we have any information. Another possible source of information may be the local historic preservation commissions around Colorado as they maintain their own records.
Find all Colorado properties listed on the National & State Registers?
Our office maintains a complete directory of all Colorado properties listed on the National and State Registers. The site is updated quarterly, with recently listed properties announced on our web site.
Find the nomination forms?
Find out if there are any restrictions if I list my property?
There are no restrictions imposed by the National or State Register as to what private property owners may or may not do with their property. Private property owners may alter or demolish a listed property subject only to applicable local government regulations and permitting procedures.
Order a plaque for my listed property?
If you are interested in obtaining a plaque recognizing your property's official designation, there are a number of sources from which to order.
The Colorado Historical Society does not have a standard State Register marker program. You may design and order any type of marker which best fits your needs. We do request that you use a standard statement to indicate the official designation as part of the marker. The standard wording is:
This property has been placed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties by the Colorado Historical Society
The Colorado Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Officer do not endorse any suppliers nor can we guarantee the prices or descriptions quoted. We supply plaque sources as a service to you.
Find out additional information?
Find out about "Section 106" review?
Section 106 is that portion of the National Historic Preservation Act which requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their actions on historic properties. ("Historic properties" are those historical or archaeological resources that are listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.) Agencies must make a good faith effort to avoid adversely affecting historic properties.
Agencies comply with Section 106 by providing information (See below) to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and requesting the SHPO's review and comment about whether there are any historic properties that may be affected by the activity. The SHPO works with agencies to seek ways to avoid or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties. Certain agencies ask their applicants for federal assistance, permits, etc. to initiate contact with the SHPO.
Get a letter ("clearance" letter) from the Colorado SHPO?
You need to write a letter to the SHPO at the following aPress:
Georgianna Contiguglia, State Historic Preservation Officer
Colorado History Museum
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
In your letter, please include the following information:
- Federal or state agency involved (and agency program, if known) or other entity that requested you contact our office
- A brief description of the nature of the project (supported by drawings, photographs, specifications, sketch plans, etc., if appropriate)
- Project location - street aPress, township/range/section (¼ ¼) and precise location on a portion of the appropriate USGS 7 ½ minute (1:24,000) topographic map
- Does the project involve or is it adjacent to any buildings 50 or more years old? (If so, give their aPresses.)
- If there will there be ground disturbance, indicate known previous uses, i.e. platted and graded, site of previous building, plowed, undisturbed.
Research and document the property and submit current photos of the property with your early research results for a preliminary review. Then, prepare the National Register nomination form using the results of your research and documentation and the review suggestions. Coordinate with the local historic preservation commission (CLG) if one is present in your area.
Any individual, organization, government office, consultant, or public entity may prepare and submit a National Register Nomination. Nomination forms and instruction booklets have been prepared by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service and are available through the State Historic Preservation Office. Completed forms are submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for review and referral to the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee.
The Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee (HSRC) is Arizona's official State and National Register of Historic Places review board as mandated by state law and federal regulations. Its nine members represent the fields of history, archaeology, architecture and related fields. The committee holds public meetings three times a year (usually in February, June, and October) to review nominations and advise the State Historic Preservation Officer on properties that should be placed in the National and Arizona Registers of Historic Places. Once a nomination has been reviewed and approved by the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee, the property is placed in the Arizona Register of Historic Places and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for a final review and listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Publications of the National Park Service. The National Park Service (NPS) prepares and maintains numerous publications, including those listed below. These publications are available from:
Interagency Resources Division, P.O. Box 37127, Washington,DC 20013-7127.
(1) National Register Bulletins. This is a list of numbered bulletins available from the NPS.
(2) Catalog of Historic Preservation Publications. This catalog lists and describes numerous publications available from the NPS and other organizations.
(3) Guidelines for Applying the National Register Criteria for Evaluation. This publication explains how to apply the criteria to determine the eligibility of properties for listing in the National Register.