What is the National Register of Historic Places?

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

The National Register is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Located in the National Parks Service in Washington DC, and administered by the Keeper, it is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

The National Register includes buildings, structures, sites, districts and objects (either stationary or moveable) that are important in national, state or local history. They also need to have enough integrity to convey their significance and be at least 50 years old. Some types of properties, like commemorative monuments or reconstructions, are generally not included. It is not a complete listing, as the passage of time allows more recent properties to be added, or formerly overlooked properties to be reconsidered with new information.

About the Author

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.