Research

National Register Nominations
The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government's official list of America's districts, sites, buildings, and objects worthy of preservation. The National Register is an important tool to help identify and inventory the nation's historic resources and ensure those resources are protected and carried on. There are currently more than 80,000 properties listed on the National Register.

Listing a property on the National Register does not impose any restrictions and may help to secure funding for a future restoration or rehabilitation project.  The Center for Historic Preservation has completed several National Register nominations for Indiana historic districts and structures, ranging from nominations for historic downtowns and neighborhoods to individual bridges and buildings.

Historic Structure Reports

Historic Structure Reports (HSRs) are essential documents for planning a rehabilitation or restoration project. They provide key base information, especially important if the historic appearance is unknown, missing elements will be reconstructed, later additions will be removed, or the historic fabric will be modified. According to the National Park Service, a Historic Structure Report (HSR), "provides documentary, graphic and physical information about a property's history and existing condition. Broadly recognized as an effective part of preservation planning, a historic structure report also addresses management or owner goals for the use or re-use of the property." The Center for Historic Preservation is able to assist in all steps of an HSR. 



HSRs contain thoroughly researched:

  • histories
  • condition assessments
  • structural analyses
  • architectural descriptions
  • measured drawings

Working with the State of Indiana, Department of National Resources, and the Division of State Museum and Historic Sites, the Center for Historic Preservation has completed HSRs in communities across the state, including New Harmony, Corydon, Metamora, and Madison. 

The work details a wide scope of many different types of structures from houses and government and commercial buildings to canals and historic sites.

Primary Research - Community and Building Histories
The Center for Historic Preservation has access to a vast array of primary research resources as well as the knowledge base to access valuable resources throughout many communities in the Midwest.