More than a dozen properties in Minnesota have been added to the National Registry of Historic Places this year.
The National Registry is the country's official list of properties that have been identified as worthy of preservation because they're significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
In Minnesota, there are more than 7,000 properties on the registry. And of those, more than 1,600 are listed individually (the rest are located within a National Register-listed historic district), according to the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.
Twenty properties in Minnesota have been added to the National Register of Historic Places so far this year, with several others being considered. Here's a look at them:
Minnesota's newest National Registry properties
The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Aug. 17 to review four additional properties and one steamboat for potential addition to the National Registry.
- Sherburn Community Building at 116 N Main St. in Sherburn
- Windom Park Historic District in Winona
- Excelsior Commercial Historic District in Excelsior
- Alano Society of Minneapolis Clubhouse at 2218 1st Ave. S in Minneapolis
- The Minnehaha, a steamboat that's housed at 140 George St. in Excelsior
The process to get on the National Registry can be long and it involves preparing a detailed nomination packet filled with details about the property and its historical significance.
The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Review Board considers these nominations and whether a property meets the criteria to get on the National Registry. If it recommends a property for approval, it is sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer for signature. It's then sent to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C. for final review and approval.
Getting on the National Registry is often the first step toward protecting the historic property and obtaining financial incentives for its preservation.
Minnesota and the federal government have tax credits and tax incentive programs. Those rehabilitating historic buildings are eligible to receive these credits on qualifying projects.