St. Mary VC

St. Mary Visitor Center, one of Glacier's 375 historic properties

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Glacier National Park’s historic buildings and structures are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, some individually and others grouped in historic districts. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s places that are worthy of preservation. To meet eligibility requirements, a historic property must be significant to our history…in architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. Buildings must convey a sense of time and place and are generally at least 50 years old.

Among the 375 historic properties in Glacier National Park, are six National Historic Landmarks. National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

  • Search the National Register of Historic Places by park or resource name for sites across the country.
  • Learn more about Glacier's famous National Historic Landmark, the Going-to-the-Sun-Road, and other well-known structures at "Parkitecture in Western National Parks."
  • Read profiles of five of Glacier's National Historic Landmarks in Architecture in the Parks: A National Historic Landmark Theme Study by Laura Soullière Harrison, published in 1986:

Glacier's Park Headquarters Historic District has a host of interesting buildings chronicling the history of NPS architecture. Read more about them in "At the Foot of the Belton Hills: A Cultural Landscape History of the Headquarters Area, Glacier National Park."

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