National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is a national non-profit organization representing State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).
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To assure that every state would have a say in our nation's historic preservation program, and to assure there were no "top-down" decisions allowing federal projects to destroy our heritage without any consideration, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 laid the groundwork for the designation of a State Historic Preservation Officer for each state. To give them a collective voice, and to assure that our nation's historic preservation program is responsive to changing needs based upon daily experience, the NCSHPO regularly works with federal agencies and national organizations in Washington, DC.

To assure that every state would have a say in our nation's historic preservation program, and to assure there were no "top-down" decisions allowing federal projects to destroy our heritage without any consideration, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 laid the groundwork for the designation of a State Historic Preservation Officer for each state. To give them a collective voice, and to assure that our nation's historic preservation program is responsive to changing needs based upon daily experience, the NCSHPO regularly works with federal agencies and national organizations in Washington, DC.

Montgomery native, Ashley DuBose Ledbetter, whose grandfather, Parker Narrows, played a big role in the design of the Gr...
06/07/2021
Architect’s granddaughter details history behind Grove Court Apartments

Montgomery native, Ashley DuBose Ledbetter, whose grandfather, Parker Narrows, played a big role in the design of the Grove Court Apartments, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. “This project was one of the first projects that he did here in Montgomery, and this started a career in doing different housing developments throughout the country,” Ledbetter said to a reporter with WSFA-TV. “He served on the Federal Housing Administration for the United States at a certain time in his career and enjoyed creating these types of developments for families both here in Montgomery and abroad.” The Alabama Historical Commission and other SHPOs help preserve historic building that help tell the story of America.
https://www.wsfa.com/2021/04/12/architects-granddaughter-details-history-behind-grove-court-apartments/

Ashley Ledbetter’s grandfather Parker A. Narrows was one of the original architects when the apartments were built in 1947.

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and Charter Township of Alpena were honored by Governor Gretchen Whit...
06/07/2021

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and Charter Township of Alpena were honored by Governor Gretchen Whitmer for the long-term stewardship of the Thunder Bay Island Light Station in Alpena County, Michigan , one of the oldest light stations on Lake Huron. Constructed in the mid-1800s to mark the entrance to Thunder Bay, the lighthouse sat vacant and open to vandalism and decay after it was automated by the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1980′s. Since 1996, the all-volunteer preservation society has worked to restore and maintain the station, including repairing the keepers’ quarters, fog signal building and light tower. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and other SHPOs help communities preserve lighthouses that tell the story of America.

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and Charter Township of Alpena were honored by Governor Gretchen Whitmer for the long-term stewardship of the Thunder Bay Island Light Station in Alpena County, Michigan , one of the oldest light stations on Lake Huron. Constructed in the mid-1800s to mark the entrance to Thunder Bay, the lighthouse sat vacant and open to vandalism and decay after it was automated by the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1980′s. Since 1996, the all-volunteer preservation society has worked to restore and maintain the station, including repairing the keepers’ quarters, fog signal building and light tower. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and other SHPOs help communities preserve lighthouses that tell the story of America.

The Ogden High School was constructed in 1937 in the Art Deco style and was the “first “million dollar school” in the Un...
06/07/2021
This Utah high school is straight out of 'The Great Gatsby'

The Ogden High School was constructed in 1937 in the Art Deco style and was the “first “million dollar school” in the United States.” “There’s no other high school like it anywhere, I think,” Alan Hall, an alumnus of the school said to a reporter with ABC4 Utah. Hall helped raise around $9 million to preserve it in the mid-2000s after it had fallen into disrepair. Besides being built in Art Deco-style, an architectural design popular in the United States in the 1930s, the school has other features not found in your average high school, including marble walls and detailed painting. According to Preservation Utah, the money to build the school came from the federal government under the Works Progress Administration, , which was created to relieve economic difficulties created by the Great Depression. The WPA employed both skilled and unskilled workers to help work on community projects. "They put artisans to work, so it wasn’t just low-paying jobs," said Rob White, another alumnus of the school who worked with Hall to raise money for the rehabilitation. "It was craftsman and artisans. That helps explain why a fabulously beautiful building could be built in the middle of the Great Depression.” The school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 1983.
https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/marble-floors-and-art-deco-this-utah-school-is-straight-out-of-the-great-gatsby/

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) – Utah is home to many architecturally impressive, historic buildings, but it might come as a surprise that a public high school is one of them. Listed on the National Regi…

The Christ Church Episcopal Chattanooga was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The brick...
06/06/2021

The Christ Church Episcopal Chattanooga was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The brick Gothic Revival church is trimmed in stone and was constructed beginning circa 1906. Important elements of the Gothic Revival style are seen in the pointed arch windows, buttresses flanking several sides and the large rose window. Inside, dark molded wood wainscotting, door trim and stairs embellish the sanctuary. About 1929, Ralph Adams Cram, a nationally-known architect who designed many notable Gothic Revival buildings, designed the interior remodeling of the church. Chattanooga architect Louis Bull was the supervising architect for the remodel. The remodel included an impressive arcaded colonnade. In 1957, a brick addition was built at the rear of the church building. Christ Church congregation continues to maintain the church. The Tennessee Historical Commission and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with communities to help preserve the sacred spaces that tell their stories.
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The Christ Church Episcopal Chattanooga was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The brick Gothic Revival church is trimmed in stone and was constructed beginning circa 1906. Important elements of the Gothic Revival style are seen in the pointed arch windows, buttresses flanking several sides and the large rose window. Inside, dark molded wood wainscotting, door trim and stairs embellish the sanctuary. About 1929, Ralph Adams Cram, a nationally-known architect who designed many notable Gothic Revival buildings, designed the interior remodeling of the church. Chattanooga architect Louis Bull was the supervising architect for the remodel. The remodel included an impressive arcaded colonnade. In 1957, a brick addition was built at the rear of the church building. Christ Church congregation continues to maintain the church. The Tennessee Historical Commission and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with communities to help preserve the sacred spaces that tell their stories.
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Christ Church Dover has closed for a months long rehabilitation. The Episcopal church is located on one of two public sq...
06/06/2021
Dover's Historic Christ Church prepares for restoration project

Christ Church Dover has closed for a months long rehabilitation. The Episcopal church is located on one of two public squares set aside for houses of worship in the Dover, Delaware, town plan of 1717. The church was established as a mission church of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 1704 and the building constructed in 1734. It was remodeled in 1859 and 1887. It is a brick structure composed of the original rectangular nave, surrounded by brick appendages. Adjacent to the church is the cemetery, with a number of notable burials. The cemetery includes a cenotaph to a signer of the Declaration of Independence Caesar Rodney; the actual location of Rodney's remains is unknown. The church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 1972 and is a contributing property in the Dover Green Historic District. Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs and other SHPOs help preserve historic churches in communities throughout America.
https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/dovers-historic-christ-church-prepares-restoration-project

A Dover church on the National Register of Historic places is closing temporarily for restoration work.

The former residence of Black le***an playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry has been listed in the National Registe...
06/05/2021
Residence of Lorraine Hansberry Listed to National Register of Historic Places

The former residence of Black le***an playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS , underscoring Hansberry's incredible contributions to American arts and culture. Her 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun, was the first play by a Black woman to appear on Broadway. The Lorraine Hansberry Residence, at 337 Bleecker Street, in Greenwich Village, was first successfully nominated to the New York State Register of Historic Places by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project in March 2021, in collaboration with the New York State Historic Preservation Office. The historic site was officially listed to the National Register in April 2021.While residing at 337 Bleecker Street, Hansberry lived parallel lives: one as a celebrated playwright and the other as a woman who privately explored her homosexuality through her writing, relationships, and social circle. Amanda Davis, Project Manager, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project: "Honoring the very place where Lorraine Hansberry lived and worked through these State and National Register listings marks another important step in our mission to highlight the contributions of LGBT people to American history.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Residence-of-Lorraine-Hansberry-Listed-to-National-Register-of-Historic-Places-20210519

The former residence of Black le***an playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, underscoring Hansberry's incredible contributions to American arts and culture. Her play, A Raisin in the Sun (1959), was the first play by a Black woman to a...

Beck K**b Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN's first Black cemetery, has been nominated for listing in the National Register of H...
06/05/2021

Beck K**b Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN's first Black cemetery, has been nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. Beck K**b Revival has led the effort to preserve and rehabilitate the cemetery. The cemetery was probably established in the mid to late 1800s and has belonged to the Hurst United Methodist Church since 1888. There are several unmarked sunken graves, and some markers dating from the early twentieth century. The cemetery is on a steep hillside and has many fallen trees. Some markers are covered by ivy and fallen trees. Volunteers have contributed many hours to rehabilitating the cemetery. “It will be something that the church and the community will be proud of,” Gary James, a member of Hurst United Methodist Church, said to a reporter in 2018. The Tennessee Historical Commission and other SHPOs, work with communities to preserve African American cemeteries that tell the stories of those communities.

Beck K**b Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN's first Black cemetery, has been nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. Beck K**b Revival has led the effort to preserve and rehabilitate the cemetery. The cemetery was probably established in the mid to late 1800s and has belonged to the Hurst United Methodist Church since 1888. There are several unmarked sunken graves, and some markers dating from the early twentieth century. The cemetery is on a steep hillside and has many fallen trees. Some markers are covered by ivy and fallen trees. Volunteers have contributed many hours to rehabilitating the cemetery. “It will be something that the church and the community will be proud of,” Gary James, a member of Hurst United Methodist Church, said to a reporter in 2018. The Tennessee Historical Commission and other SHPOs, work with communities to preserve African American cemeteries that tell the stories of those communities.

A Yakima Herald-Republic story highlights the historic buildings in Yakima, Washington. The story specifically highlight...
06/04/2021
National Register of Historic Places provides glimpse of Yakima's history

A Yakima Herald-Republic story highlights the historic buildings in Yakima, Washington. The story specifically highlights the Old North Yakima Historic District, which is located in the heart of Downtown Yakima . The district is comprised of nine historic buildings, including the old Yakima train depot, Yakima’s old City Hall, the Opera House, and the Cascade and Senator apartments. The story also highlights the former Masonic Temple, which is now the The Hotel Maison. Yakima Lodge No. 24 proposed building a grand temple in the city in 1910. The plan was to rent out the first four floors for office space, while the Masons would use the upper two floors for lodge meetings and ceremonies in a room they planned to be a replica of Solomon’s Temple . The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and other HPOs help preserve historic buildings that tell the stories of communities throughout America and strengthen local economies.
Downtown Yakima
https://www.yakimaherald.com/national-register-of-historic-places-provides-glimpse-of-yakimas-history/article_9d0f0e75-6f93-52f1-9d09-38f25a558dd0.html

If you’re looking for some summer daytrips into Yakima Valley’s past, the National Register of Historic Places has your roadmap.

The Telegraph is highlighting places around Alton, Illinois, that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places...
06/04/2021
Get your kicks on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge along Route 66

The Telegraph is highlighting places around Alton, Illinois, that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. As part of the series, the newspaper featured the old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River on the north edge of St. Louis, Missouri. The eastern end of the bridge is on Chouteau Island, which is part of Madison, Illinois, while the western end is on the Missouri shoreline. Its most notable feature is a 22-degree bend occurring at the middle of the crossing. The bridge was built in 1929, closed to vehicle traffic in 1970 and listed in the National Register in 2006. For nearly three decades the fate of the bridge was uncertain, though demolition seemed its most likely end. In 1998, the bridge was leased to @Trailnet a local trails group, to operate. Four-and-a-half million dollars have been spent on rehabilitating the bridge for pedestrian and cycling use. The Historic Preservation Division, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other HPOs help preserve historic infrastructure that tells the story of America.
City of Alton, Illinois
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Get-your-kicks-on-the-Old-Chain-of-Rocks-Bridge-16199690.php

Today it’s a place for bike riders, walkers, and eagle watchers, but in days gone it...

Havre-Hill County, Montana  Preservation Commission presented an award to the Havre Laundry and Dry Cleaning owner Ron B...
06/04/2021

Havre-Hill County, Montana Preservation Commission presented an award to the Havre Laundry and Dry Cleaning owner Ron Brenna. The store is the longest-operating family business in the region. The business started in 1904 with six partners and one of the partners, Walter MacKenzie, bought out the other partners in 1931. In 1934, Brenna's grandfather Ralph Sleeter started working for the company and bought it from MacKenzie in 1946. The Montana Historical Society and other HPOs work with local historic preservation commissions that play a central role in preserving historic buildings that tell the stories of communities throughout America.

The Elk River, Minnesota, water tower was recently painted. The tower, which was listed in the National Register of Hist...
06/03/2021
New paint reflects interest in history

The Elk River, Minnesota, water tower was recently painted. The tower, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 2012 when it was 92 years old, turned 100 during the pandemic. In 1920, the city’s first water tower was built on top of the well that had been installed about a year earlier. The water tower, located at Jackson Avenue and Fourth Street near downtown Elk River, was built by the Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Co. as part of an effort to protect Elk River from fire. Elevation Coating, LLC, a St. Cloud-based firm, did the paint work over the course of six weeks. It was the oldest water tower to have been painted by the decade-old company owned by brothers Steve and Brian Minkler. The 137-foot water tower had structural damage repaired and missing items replaced. Its new look — a silver structure and tank with a red roof — was its original look.
The city’s logo was removed in favor of block letters with the city’s name, completing the original look. The Minnesota SHPO and other SHPOs help preserve historic resources that tell the stories of communities throughout America.
https://www.hometownsource.com/elk_river_star_news/news/new-paint-reflects-interest-in-history/article_824b2806-bb24-11eb-9a23-833111d6347d.html

Water tower on National Register of Historic Places restored to original look

The Northrop Primary School at the Washington School for the Deaf has been listed in the National Register of Historic P...
06/03/2021

The Northrop Primary School at the Washington School for the Deaf has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The listing of the two-story elementary school in the National Register and the Washington Heritage Register is part of an agreement with the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to preserve a building that fits the post-World War II, mid-20th-century aesthetic in exchange for demolishing six buildings on the campus that are eligible for the National Register. The Washington School for the Deaf identified needs for improved facilities several years ago, citing existing outdated or unsafe buildings. Among the six campus structures to be torn down is a one-time vocational building that opened in 1911 and is now used for storage. Demolition work will begin in phases as soon as this summer, and the new academic building could break ground in 2022. Shauna Bilyeu, the school's superintendent since 2016 said to a reporter with the Seattle Times, “This is pretty bittersweet “because this is the heart of the deaf community.” SHPOs work with organizations and communities to preserve historic resources while also allowing them to do the work that is central to their missions. Six buildings on the campus — which became eligible for the National Register listing in 2008 — are planned for demolition.

The Northrop Primary School at the Washington School for the Deaf has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The listing of the two-story elementary school in the National Register and the Washington Heritage Register is part of an agreement with the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to preserve a building that fits the post-World War II, mid-20th-century aesthetic in exchange for demolishing six buildings on the campus that are eligible for the National Register. The Washington School for the Deaf identified needs for improved facilities several years ago, citing existing outdated or unsafe buildings. Among the six campus structures to be torn down is a one-time vocational building that opened in 1911 and is now used for storage. Demolition work will begin in phases as soon as this summer, and the new academic building could break ground in 2022. Shauna Bilyeu, the school's superintendent since 2016 said to a reporter with the Seattle Times, “This is pretty bittersweet “because this is the heart of the deaf community.” SHPOs work with organizations and communities to preserve historic resources while also allowing them to do the work that is central to their missions. Six buildings on the campus — which became eligible for the National Register listing in 2008 — are planned for demolition.

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