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Department of Historic Resources

The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) is the Commonwealth’s official historic preservation agency.

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The process consists of two phases: evaluation and nomination. During the evaluation phase, preliminary information about a property is examined by DHR's regional office staff and the National Register Evaluation Committee, which then recommends to the State Review Board properties that appear to meet the criteria for registration. The register criteria apply to places of local as well as of national or statewide significance. Many places are listed in the registers because they exemplify themes or architectural styles important in local history. Once the evaluation phase is completed, property owners decide if and when they will proceed with a formal nomination of these qualified properties.

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For additional help regarding this service, please contact the Department of Historic Resources.

For general help and information please contact:
Lena McDonald
By phone at (804) 482-6439
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