U. S. Historic Places Photostream
December 23, 2011 1:51 PM   Subscribe

National Register Photostream — Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
posted by netbros (6 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This is neat, thanks for posting, netbros!
posted by carter at 6:06 PM on December 23, 2011

The NRHP is one of my favorite gov't programs. If you look into the second link check out NPS Focus and the NRHP database where the NHRP is in the process of digitizing nomination forms for the some 90,000+ properties listed on the Register. If you cannot find the property you're looking for in your hometown on the Focus database yet, the various State Historic Preservation Offices sometimes (depending on the state) provide databases with digitized nomination information (forms, photos and more).

For example: the Historic Architecture/Archaeological Resources (HAARGIS) database from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency or the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's State and National Registers of Historic Places Document Imaging Project.

Interestingly, the folks at Wikipedia, specifically the Wikipedia National Register Wikiproject, have compiled quite a bit of useful information under Editor Help, including links to state specific sources on documentation and, often, including, helpful instructions on how to navigate some of those sources' esoteric search procedures,
posted by IvoShandor at 6:32 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Why did Johnson have to office in this hideous abomination? We'd have long since been rid of it, otherwise.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:08 PM on December 23, 2011

Oh, I don't know, Devils Rancher -- a certain number of buildings like that should probably be kept, purely as a warning to future generations of the horrors of bad architecture.
posted by Kadin2048 at 7:16 PM on December 23, 2011 [2 favorites]

Cool, this church is a block away from my house.
posted by octothorpe at 9:05 PM on December 23, 2011

Very cool, thanks!

One of ways that I've gotten to know my city is to take the nomination forms for the historic registry for local districts and convert them into more living documents by walking the area, getting photos of specific properties mentioned, and adding historic photos and maps. The neighbors seem to like it, too. [1] [2] [3]
posted by john m at 5:09 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]

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