What is the National Historic Register District?
The National Register is the official list of our nation’s cultural resources worthy of preservation, and was authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
The list is maintained by the National Park Service. Properties listed in the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects.
What are the benefits of having a National Historic Register District in Ridgway
National recognition that the district and its properties are significant to the Nation, the State and the community. It is a prestigious honor to be listed!
Eligibility for federal tax incentives (the existing 20% investment tax credit for rehabilitation (exterior and interior) of income producing contributing properties.
Helps our downtown revitalization efforts. A historic district is a “draw” for visitors, bringing more tourism dollars into our local economy. It will also improve our abilities to win grants for economic development.
Are there any drawbacks to a National Historic Register district?
NO! Listing in the National Register does NOT interfere with a private property owner’s right to alter, manage or dispose of the property. It does not affect local zoning ordinances. A National Register District is NOT the same as a Local Historic District (which can place restrictions on property owner’s).
We hope to have the contributing property inventory available on our web site in the future. Until that time, if you want to know if your house is identified as a contributing property, please contact Dale Lauricella at (814)772-7657.
For more information about the National Register of Historic Places, see the following web sites: