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Criteria for Listing

Criteria Used in Evaluating National Register Eligibility

The following criteria are used by the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Keeper of the National Register in evaluating properties for eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

For more in-depth information, please consult National Register Bulletin 15, which is available on the National Park Service National Register webpage.

Criteria for Evaluation

Districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects may be considered to have significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and/or culture if they possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and:

A) are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; and/or

B) are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; and/or

C) embody the distinctive characteristics of type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; and/or

D) have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.

Criteria Considerations

Ordinarily cemeteries, birthplaces, or graves of historical figures; properties owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes; structures that have been moved from their original locations; reconstructed historic buildings; properties primarily commemorative in nature; and properties that have achieved significance within the past 50 years shall not be considered eligible for the National Register. However, such properties will qualify if they are integral parts of districts that do meet the criteria or if they fall within the following categories:

A) a religious property deriving its primary significance from architectural or artistic distinction or historical importance; or

B) a building or structure removed from its original location but which is significant primarily for architectural value, or which is the surviving structure most importantly associated with a historic person or event; or

C) a birthplace or grave of an historical figure of outstanding importance if there is no appropriate site or building directly associated with his productive life; or

D) a cemetery which derives its primary significance from graves of persons of transcendent importance, from age, distinctive design features, or association with historic events; or

E) a reconstructed building, when it is accurately executed in a suitable environment and presented in a dignified manner as part of a restoration master plan, and no other building or structure with the same association has survived; or a property primarily commemorative in intent, if design, age, tradition, or symbolic value has invested it with its own exceptional significance; or

F) a property primarily commemorative in intent if design, age, tradition, or symbolic value has invested it with its own exceptional significance; or

G) a property achieving significance within the past 50 years, if it is of exceptional importance.