National Historic Landmark

To study, identify, and encourage preservation of nationally-significant historic properties; a bronze plaque is awarded in a presentation ceremony when requested. This provides permanent identification of nationally significant properties.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.912
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Types of Assistance
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING
Uses and Use Restrictions
Properties recognized as National Historic Landmarks will, upon application by the owner or administrator, be awarded a bronze plaque attesting to the property's national significance. At the same time, the applicant is requested to observe certain simple preservation precepts with regard to the property. Should subsequent occurrences alter the historic qualities of the property, landmark status may be revoked and the plaque removed. Automatic listing of National Historic Landmark properties in the National Register of Historic Places affords a degree of Federal protection under Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and fulfills one of the prerequisites for Federal assistance under the National Register grants- in-aid program (see 15.904). Certain landmarks are also made eligible for Federal tax benefits and protections and technical preservation assessment and assistance.
Authorization
Historic Sites Act of 1935, Public Law 74-292, 16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.; National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Public Law 89-665, 16 U.S.C. 470(t); National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1980, Public Law 96-515; 16 U.S.C. 470.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone may suggest that a property be considered for inclusion in an appropriate National Historic Landmark theme study, provided the property has a high degree of historic integrity and potential national significance with relation to some broad facet of American history. The owner of the property may be an individual, government, or corporate body. Properties of only State or local significance do not qualify.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone may suggest that a property be considered for inclusion in an appropriate National Historic Landmark theme study, provided the property has a high degree of historic integrity and potential national significance with relation to some broad facet of American history. The owner of the property may be an individual, government, or corporate body. Properties of only State or local significance do not qualify.
Credentials/Documentation
Request should be supported by full discussion of national significance of property and documented integrity. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. If the property is not listed in the National Register of Historic Places, write the National Historic Landmarks Survey giving a brief resume of the history of the property and its present condition and advising what assistance can be provided in the nomination process. If the property is already listed in the National Register, provide a brief resume of the historical facts that justify consideration of national significance. Properties nominated to, or already listed in, the National Register of Historic Places at a national level of significance by the State Historic Preservation Officer may be reviewed by the National Historic Landmarks Survey staff.
Award Procedure
When the property has been investigated, findings, in the form of a thorough NHL nomination form, are presented to the National Park System Advisory Board which evaluates the property's national significance and high integrity and recommends a final action to the Secretary of the Interior. Owners of proposed landmarks are contacted prior to a landmark study, given an opportunity to comment on a final study, and then notified after designation of the landmark.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Determined by scheduling of theme studies, availability of staff or funds, and proximity to twice yearly Advisory Board meetings.
Appeals
Owner comments are sought prior to the meeting of the Advisory Board. Board meetings are open to the public. Appeals process is outlined in program regulations.
Renewals
NONE.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
None. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: None.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. National Park Service personnel make periodic inquiries and inspections to determine continuing eligibility of National Historic Landmark properties and to identify those which exhibit known or anticipated damage or threats to the integrity of their resources.
Audits
Not Applicable.
Records
None.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: A total of 11 financial assistance awards were made. Fiscal Year 2014: To be determined. Fiscal Year 2015: To be determined.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1042-0-1-303.
Obligations
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 13 $386,536; FY 14 est $402,000; and FY 15 est $402,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range$1,128 to $125,417
Average$35,140.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
List of National Historic Landmarks available upon request. Regulations were published in the "Federal Register" on February 2, 1983. Copies of regulations also available upon request. Upon request, a bulletin on "How to Prepare National Historic Landmark Nominations" is available. The documents are also available at the NHL website http://www2cr.nps.gov/nhl.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Paul Loether National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C St., N.W., Mail Stop 2280 , Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Paul_Loether@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-2210
Website Address
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nhl
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: To be determined. Fiscal Year 2015: To be determined.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
See program 15.914, National Register of Historic Places.
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