Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

Federal and State Designation Programs

Federal Programs

  • Heritage HouseNational Register of Historic Places
    The National Historic Preservation Act, enacted in 1966, established the National Register of Historic Places program under the Secretary of the Interior. The program is maintained by the Keeper of the Register, within the National Parks Service division. The National Register is the nation's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in national, regional or local American history, architecture, archaeology and culture. The National Register Criteria for Evaluation are the four aspects of American history used to evaluate significance and eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. They are (A) association with historic events or activities, (B) association with important persons (C) distinctive design or physical characteristics, or (D) potential to provide important information about prehistory or history. A property must meet at least one of the criteria for listing. The National Register program also includes National Historic Landmarks, which is limited only to properties of significance to the nation.

State Designation Programs

The California Register of Historical Resources (1971), California Historical Landmark (1932), and California Points of Historical Interest (1965) programs are administered by the Office of Historic Preservation, State Historical Resources Commission and the Department of Park sand Recreation. Detailed information on these programs is available from the Office of Historic Preservation web site.

  • California Register of Historical Resources
    The State Historical Resources Commission has designed this program for use by state and local agencies, private groups and citizens to identify, evaluate, register and protect California's historical resources. The Register is the authoritative guide to the state's significant historical and archeological resources.

    The California Register program encourages public recognition and protection of resources of architectural, historical, archeological and cultural significance, identifies historical resources for state and local planning purposes, determines eligibility for state historic preservation grant funding and affords certain protections under the California Environmental Quality Act.

    The California Register criteria are very similar to those used by the National Register program. Properties may be eligible if they are 1) associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of local or regional history or the cultural heritage of California or the United States, 2) associated with the lives of persons important to local, California or national history, 3) embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, region or method of construction or represent the work of a master or possesses high artistic values, and 4) has yielded, or has the potential to yield, information important to the prehistory or history of the local area, California or the nation. Resources listed in the national Register are automatically placed on the California Register. Properties eligible for designation by the City of Riverside may also qualify for the California Register.
  • California Historical Landmark
    State Points represent historic resources within the state of California that are of local interest. The criteria governing the designation of Points are the same as those used in the State Landmark program, but with local (city or county) emphasis. A historical resource may not be designated as both a Landmark and Point. Information on designated State Points in Riverside is available from the Historic Resources Inventory Database.
  • California Point of Historical Interest
    State Points represent historic resources within the state of California that are of local interest. The criteria governing the designation of Points are the same as those used in the State Landmark program, but with local (city or county) emphasis. A historical resource may not be designated as both a Landmark and Point. Information on designated State Points in Riverside is available from the Historic Resources Inventory Database.

 

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