July 7, 2015

National Register Guide, Episode 2: The Function of the National Register

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photo by: "Nino" Eugene La Pla, Flickr

As fantastic as it is, the National Register of Historic Places can get a little confusing -- even for a seasoned pro. But fear not, because the PreservationNation blog has teamed up with Jim Gabbert, a historian with the National Park Service, to create our National Register of Historic Places Guide.

The first episode of our National Register Guide covered the basics, like what the National Register really is, how many listings it contains, and how many new listings are added each year.

Episode Two dives just a little deeper to explore the true function of the National Register. This episode answers questions like:

• What is the purpose of the National Register?
• What does being listed on the National Register mean for the average property owner?
• What does being listed on the National Register mean for a property?
• What are the benefits of being listed on the National Register?
• Does being listed on the National Register qualify a property for grants or tax credits?
• Does being listed on the National Register protect a property from demolition?

We hope you enjoy the show.

Special thanks to the President Woodrow Wilson House for filming accommodations.

David Weible was the content specialist at the National Trust, previously with Preservation and Outside magazines. His interest in historic preservation was inspired by the ‘20s-era architecture, streetcar neighborhoods, and bars of his hometown of Cleveland.

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