Are interior spaces considered historic?

by Andrew Shaffer  on June 27, 2018 | | No comments

Yes, historic interior spaces can be considered historic, depending upon the criteria of the registration program and the reason the space is significant. The National and California Registers protect interior public spaces if they are historically significant (e.g. are a location where a significant event occurred) or have a design (for example, a theater) or character defining features (a firehouse pole) that contribute to understanding of the resource. Many local registration programs only protect exteriors, unless the interior is specifically addressed in the designation application.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the former Engagement Director at the California Preservation Foundation. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.