National Register of Historic Places

As the official steward of Columbia's rich history, Historic Columbia is dedicated to assisting property owners and communities in recognizing and preserving sites of historical significance.

What is the National Register of Historic Places? 

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the United States’ most culturally and historically significant properties. This prestigious designation, maintained by the National Park Service, recognizes sites that contribute to the understanding and appreciation of our nation’s heritage. The National Register of Historic Places is one of the highest distinctions a historic site or building can receive. There are nearly 200 properties in Richland County listed in the National Register. Whether it is an example of high-style architecture or a site where an important event took place, listing in the National Register is an honorary designation.

Why Pursue a National Register Listing?

  • Join a distinguished group of historic properties across the nation, enhancing your site's reputation and significance. 
  • Access potential federal and state preservation grants and tax incentives for maintaining and restoring your property if rehabilitation work meets Department of the Interior standards.
  • Foster a sense of pride and stewardship in your neighborhood by promoting the historical value of your property.

How Historic Columbia Can Help

Our preservationists provide comprehensive support throughout the nomination process:

  • Preliminary Assessment: Determine your property's eligibility with a free preliminary evaluation by our team of experts. 
  • Research & Documentation: Our historians conduct in-depth research and compile the necessary documentation to support your nomination. 
  • Application Guidance: Receive assistance in navigating the application process, including form preparation and submission. 
  • Advocacy & Support: We canadvocate on behalf of your property during the review process and provide ongoing support to help you maximize the benefits of your listing.