Identifying & Designating Historic Properties

Web links and PDFs to help you identify and designate historic properties.

Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning (924)
National Register publication with general guidance for local surveys and preservation planning.

Information on Nominating Properties to the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties (1501) (PDF, 13 pgs., 160 kb)
Summaries of the National and State register programs including the nomination process and criteria for eligibility. (revised 3/11)

National Register of Historic Places (1516) (PDF, 18 pgs., 1.7 MB)
National Park Service general brochure describing the National Register program.  en Español (PDF, 18 pgs., 1.7 MB)

Information for Property Owners in a Prospective Historic District (1516a) (PDF, 3 pgs, 212 kb)
An information sheet on the National Register of Historic Places, the rights of property owners, the benefits of listing, and the nomination process. (revised 4/08)

Historic American Engineering Record (1519)
National Park Service general brochure describing the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) program.

Researching the History of your House or Other Favorite Building (1522) (PDF, 10 pgs, 1.1 MB)
Articles and a checklist providing tips for finding information about historic houses.

Colorado Cultural Resource Survey Manual: Guidelines for Identification: History and Archaeology (1527) (PDF, 95 pgs., 1.3 MB)
A basic guide on conducting surveys of archaeological and historic properties.

Manual for Editing HABS/HAER Documentation (1537) (PDF, 61 pgs., 18.33 MB)
The National Park Service guide discusses the Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record documentation requirements, including archival preparation of documents, assigning numbers, preparing the report, and photographs.

Historic American Building Survey (HABS) (1551)
A brochure explaining the program that comprehensively documents historic buildings.

Profile of the Cultural Resources of Colorado (1553) (PDF, 40 pgs, 4.1 MB)
A publication providing information on the types of resources identified in our state, statistics and distribution. (revised 6/08)

National Historic Landmarks Program (1562)
A National Park Service site explaining the program, including answers to commonly asked questions.

Historical & Architectural Survey (1562a) (PDF, 2 pgs, 471 kb)
Two-page brochure introducing the historical & architectural survey process. (09/11)

Origin and Functions of Colorado Local Landmarks, Colorado State Register of Historic Properties, National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Programs (1567) (PDF, 3 pgs, 25 kb)
Summaries of the four programs comparing the legislation, purpose, administration, areas of recognition, and results of each.

My Property Is Important to America’s Heritage, What Does That Mean? Answers to Questions for Owners of Historic Properties (1574) (PDF, 14 pgs, 656 kb)
This pamphlet answers the question "Why preserve historic places?" and introduces the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks programs.

Field Guide to Colorado’s Historic Architecture and Engineering (1625)
A guide to architectural styles, forms, and types for use by architectural surveyors. The Field Guide can be downloaded as a PDF. A web version can be viewed online.

Preserving America’s Heritage: National Historic Preservation Act, 40th Anniversary (1644) 
A joint effort by the National Park Service, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the History Channel, and the Washington Times, outlining the background of this law and the effect it has had on our national heritage.