About Historic Designation

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Though the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood has a rich history dating back to the 1840’s and the homes throughout Mapleton-Fall Creek were built during the early 1900s, the neighborhood is not recognized by the national register of historic places.

The bridges along Fall Creek Parkway are designated, as they should be, as well as a few notable homes and areas of Mapleton-Fall Creek have received the historic designation, but not all of the neighborhood. Many residents are not aware of the benefits of being on the register and many others believe a historical designation would mean they couldn’t do what they wanted to their properties.

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Several homeowners along Fall Creek Parkway have expressed an interest in nominating the E. Fall Creek Parkway and homes along the parkway to be listed in the National Register. We reached out to Indiana Landmarks for information on what this would mean, and here’s what we have learned.

3 Things being registered DOES mean:

  1. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes properties the federal government considers worthy of preservation because of their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.
  2. The primary benefit of listing in the National Register is the honor conferred by official federal recognition. When a site is added, the listing appears in the Federal Register, and the owner receives a letter and certificate.
  3. Owners of National Register properties may be entitled to tax credits for restoration, and not-for-profit owners may be eligible for grants awarded in a competitive annual process.*

3 Things being registered does NOT mean:

  1. It does NOT mean a private owner’s freedom to alter the property is limited, nor is there an approval process for making alterations. (The only exception would be if a project involves federal funding or if licensing would affect a National Register site.)
  2. It does NOT mean the federal government wants to buy the property.
  3. It does NOT mean the public has access to the property.

If a property owner wants to alter, update, or even demolish a registered site without permission or notification and they’ve used private funds—they can. Restrictions on landmarks come from local or city ordinances, not from the National Register status.

Learn more:

Partners in Preservation | National Register Program – a nonprofit with the mission of listing historic properties in Lake and Porter counties (his home territory). In 2011 he expanded the program statewide, funding over 70 National Register nominations.

Flier on The National Register of Historic Places – This blog post was taken from this flier, to read the full amount of information, you’ll want to see the full flier.

Tax Benefits – Since 1976 federal and state governments have encouraged people to re-use historic structures by offering tax credits as incentives.

National Register of Historic Places information from the National Parks Service

*Update – Indiana has just dropped the tax credit. Read the story here.

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