The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and engineering. Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.
See what Douglas County properties are already on the list here.
Benefits of Listing
In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the registers results in the following benefits for historic properties:
• Gives it recognition for its historic significance.
• Qualifies the owner for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits.
• Helps educate the public and community about historic and culture resources.
The property must meet one or more of the four criteria for evaluation. Properties eligible for the register generally retain their historic appearance, are at least fifty years old, and have the potential to be documented as historically or architecturally significant at either the local, state, or national level. Many types of properties are listed in the register, including barns, banks, courthouses, libraries, houses, parks, ranches, battlefields, hospitals, roads, bridges, rail depots, and archeological sites. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service.
The Register of Historic Kansas Places is our state’s official list of historically significant properties. Properties included in the National Register are automatically listed in the State Register. However, not all properties listed in the State Register are included in the National Register. The same general criteria are used to assess the eligibility of a property for inclusion in the state register, but more flexibility is allowed in the interpretation of the criteria for eligibility.