III. HOW TO USE THIS BULLETIN TO EVALUATE A PROPERTY
For a property to qualify for the National Register it must meet
one of the National Register Criteria for Evaluation by:
- Being associated with an important historic context and
- Retaining historic integrity of those features necessary to
convey its significance.
Information about the property based on physical examination and documentary
research is necessary to evaluate a property's eligibility for the National
Register. Evaluation of a property is most efficiently made when following
If, after completing these steps, the property appears to qualify for
the National Register, the next step is to prepare a written nomination.
(Refer to the National Register bulletin How
to Complete the National Register Registration Form.)
- Categorize the property (Part IV).
A property must be classified as a district, site, building, structure,
or object for inclusion in the National Register.
- Determine which prehistoric or historic context(s) the property
represents (Part V). A property
must possess significance in American history, architecture, archeology,
engineering, or culture when evaluated within the historic context
of a relevant geographic area.
- Determine whether the property is significant under the National
Register Criteria (Part VI). This
is done by identifying the links to important events or persons,
design or construction features, or information potential that make
the property important.
- Determine if the property represents a type usually excluded from
the National Register (Part VII).
If so, determine if it meets any of the Criteria Considerations.
- Determine whether the property retains integrity (Part
VIII). Evaluate the aspects of location, design, setting, workmanship,
materials, feeling, and association that the property must retain
to convey its historic significance.