The State and National Registers of Historic Places are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, objects, and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture of New York and the nation. The same eligibility criteria are used for both the State and National Registers. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980 established the National and State Registers programs. In New York, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, who is also the State Historic Preservation Officer, administers these programs.
The State and National Register nomination process is designed to assist in the development of complete and accurate documentation of each eligible property according to the professional and archival standards of the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The research and technical requirements of the nomination process encourage the active and ongoing participation of owners, sponsors, SHPO staff, and consultants. The preparation of a State and National Registers nomination proposal is a cooperative effort between the sponsor -- most often the owner of the property -- and the staff SHPO.
The staff of Clinton Brown Company Architecture is uniquely trained and qualified to prepare, research and write National Register nominations. This can be a time and labor-intensive process, and those trained in historical theory and methodology offer a broader perspective of not only an individual building but the building’s role in the larger architectural narrative. Architectural historians are also adept at utilizing resources and archives. As a part of the services rendered by CBCA during the National Register nomination process, the architectural historian will liaise with the SHPO representative on behalf of your property.