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Oakdale Historic District - Allen County
Oakdale Historic District
Allen County, IN

The National Register of Historic Places is the federal list of historic properties that have been formally recognized by the National Park Service. The DHPA reviews and maintains the nominations for Indiana properties included in the National Register. Additionally, Indiana has a State Register that recognizes Indiana’s historic sites and structures on a statewide scale.

Indiana possesses a variety of historic resources. Some are already listed on the State or National Register while others are not. To find out if a property is listed, please check the online database SHAARD. Not all “old” things are eligible for one of the Registers. We encourage people to contact the DHPA to determine whether a property is eligible.

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. 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.

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.

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.