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National Register: For Owners of Historic Homes

A fine example of a Colonial Revival-style house

Nomination of your historic house to the National Register of Historic Places can be an exciting process with rewarding outcomes. Not only is listing in the National Register a great honor, but owner-occupants of listed houses may be eligible for low-interest loans for preservation projects. Listing in the National Register also provides protection for your property when publicly funded or licensed projects occur in your neighborhood. Owners of National Register properties are not obliged to restore them or maintain them, if they choose not to do so. Some municipalities, like Warren and Pawtucket, offer local tax incentives for participating in a local historic district program.

Don’t know if your house is eligible? Most of the individual houses listed in the National Register qualify because they are good, well preserved examples of a particular architectural style or period. RIHPHC has published information about historic buildings in every community. You can check the information for your community on this website to see if your house was recommended for listing when the survey was completed. If your house was not recommended, it may still be eligible. You can look at other houses that are recommended to see if yours is similar in age, style, or state of preservation.

For more information, please email Jeffrey Emidy or call him at (401)222-4134.