How is potential historical significance determined?

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

Historical significance is determined using codified designation criteria. Federal designation criteria for listing in the National Register were established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act and implementing regulations. California Register criteria were adopted and codified as Sec. 5024 of the California Public Resources Code. Local designation criteria are established through local ordinance. All levels tier off federal standards and include criteria associated with: significant historic events or patterns of events; important people, social and cultural groups; worthy architecture; innovative engineering, technology, use of materials and quality workmanship.

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Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. 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.