History of the National & State Registers
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In 1965, the United States Conference of Mayors issued a report which called for government intervention to save the scores of historic buildings being demolished in our urban areas. The following year, the United States Congress, stated:
"The historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life".
To aid in that goal, Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Part of this landmark legislation created the list known as the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of sites, buildings, structures, districts, and objects important in our history.
Each state has a preservation office to administer the National Register and associated programs; the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) serves all Hoosiers interested in these programs. The National Park Service administers the National Register for the nation, the Survey and Registration Section of the DHPA manages the Register for Indiana.
Indiana landmarks are guideposts to our past. Our historic buildings, sites, and neighborhoods provide us with a tangible connection to the past which cannot be experienced in an old photograph or individual artifact. These landmarks, perhaps more than any other physical element, make our communities and rural areas distinct and special places. They provide us with an invaluable sense of place. A complete list of Indiana resources listed in both the State and National Registers can be found in the online database SHAARD.
THE INDIANA REGISTER OF HISTORIC SITES AND STRUCTURES
The Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (the State Register) was created by an act of the Indiana General Assembly in 1981. The DHPA administers this program. Note that all Indiana properties listed in the National Register are automatically listed in the State Register. However, sometimes properties are listed solely in the State Register. This listing process can be completed in a shorter span of time.
The criteria for listing properties in the State Register are the same as those for listing in the National Register. An individual wanting to nominate a property to the State Register should complete the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures Nomination (state form 54587(12-11)) and submit it along with photographs, a site plan, and floor plans (see nomination form for details) to DHPA.
If the staff determines that the property meets the criteria for listing, DHPA will issue notification letters to the owner(s) and local officials to provide an opportunity for comment. If no objection to the listing is received, the property will be listed in the State Register 30 days from the date of the notification letters. DHPA will then issue a letter and certificate to the property owner confirming the listing.
Other National Register Resources
- Application Resources for the State and National Registers
- Records Search Handbook
- To view all listed properties on the National & State Register or the State Register only, search the SHAARD online database.
- Architectural Styles & Types (includes Barns)
- Bridge Styles & Types