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ARKANSAS REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

WHAT IS THE ARKANSAS REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES?

The following criteria have been adopted by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) for the inclusion of properties in the Arkansas State Register of Historic places, the state’s official record of those properties, sites, structures, buildings, landscapes areas and objects significant in the history, architecture, and culture of the state of Arkansas and its communities.  Arkansas Register listing constitutes a recognition of a particular property’s historic significance and in no way restricts or abridges the lawful owner’s right to use, modify or dispose of said property, although Arkansas Register listing may qualify the property owner for certain grant funds as they are available.  The Arkansas Register is administered by the AHPP.  While the AHPP nominates properties for Arkansas Register listing, private individuals and organizations and local governments often initiate the process and prepare the necessary documentation.  A professional review board consisting of eleven individuals appointed by the Governor of Arkansas considers each property proposed for state listing and makes a recommendation on its eligibility. 

WHAT QUALIFIES A PROPERTY FOR LISTING?

Properties deemed eligible for inclusion in the Arkansas Register generally must be 50 years old or older, shall possess integrity of design materials, workmanship, feeling, and association and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Association with events of state or local historical significance; or
  2. Association with the lives of persons of significance in the history of the state or locality; or
  3. Represent a type, style or period of architecture; or
  4. Association with important elements of Arkansas’s history or pre-history

Unlike the National Register, the Arkansas Register does not specifically preclude the nomination of commemorative properties, structures that have been moved from their original locations, and reconstructed buildings, nor does the inclusion require that eligible properties retain 51% of the historic integrity; any properties in the aforementioned categories might qualify for the State Register providing they met at least one of the four criteria noted above.  Buildings with non-historic novelty siding may be deemed eligible for inclusion in the Arkansas State Register providing that criteria A, B, or C requirements can be satisfied.  All historic places within the state listed in or nominated to the National Register will automatically be placed in the Arkansas Register. 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR ARKANSAS REGISTER LISTING?

The Arkansas Register of Historic Places uses the same application/nomination form as is used for National Register nominations and can be found at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/historic-properties/national-register/natl_reg_howto.aspx#nomination.

Fill out and submit the form below to search the Arkansas Register of Historic Places.

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