July 14, 2015

National Register Guide, Episode 3: National Register Restrictions Explained

The Einstein Memorial in Washington, D.C.

photo by: Wally Gobetz, 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 Guide.

Episode Two of our National Register of Historic Places Guide focused on the function of the National Register, and answered questions such as "What does being listed on the National Register mean?" and "Does listing protect a property from demolition?"

Episode Three peels back another layer of National Register myth and legend to answer questions such as:

  • Does listing in the National Register place any automatic restrictions or requirements on a property?
  • Can I paint my National Register-listed property any color I like?
  • Can I demolish my National Register-listed property?
  • Does my National Register-listed property need to meet certain requirements to qualify for a historic tax credit?
  • Can listing in the National Register trigger a local ordinance or restriction?

We hope you enjoy the show.

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

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

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