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St. Joseph Catholic Church - Jasper, IN
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Jasper, IN

Not every old building is eligible for listing in the National or State Registers. In order to be eligible for listing, a property should be at least fifty years old, maintain a certain degree of architectural integrity, and have significance at the local, state, or national level in one of the following four categories:

  • Events - Properties associated with events that were important to our history
  • Persons - Properties associated with the lives of persons significant in our history
  • Architecture/Design - Buildings, structures, or objects with architectural or engineering importance. They may be the work of a master, or possess high artistic value. Groupings of properties may share a common heritage, such as a historic district.
  • Information - Resources that have yielded, or may yield in the future, important information about our prehistory or history. To find out if your property would be eligible for listing on the National Register or State Register, please fill out the Request for Determination of Eligibility Form.

Listing DOES:

  • Give a property prestige and publicity
  • Provide protection for the property from federally assisted projects
  • Permit the owners of income-producing properties to use investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation
  • Allow owners of certain publicly owned or publicly accessible, non-income-producing properties to apply for federal rehabilitation grants

Listing DOES NOT:

  • Prevent private owners from altering their property
  • Restrict the use or sale of the property
  • Establish certain times that the property must be open to the public

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