National Register

May 11, 2022, State Review Board Meeting 

The State Review Board will meet to examine 8 nominations proposed for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The board will also review proposals to remove 7 properties that have been demolished. Approved nominations and removal proposals will be forwarded to the National Park Service for final consideration. The meeting will be held at the Tennessee Historical Commission at 2941 Lebanon Pike, Nashville at 9 a.m. and virtually via WebEx. Links to the Agenda and WebEx information can be found below. National Register Nominations and Delisting forms can be downloaded by clicking on the tiles in the slideshow below. 

Agenda

WebEx Information 

 

About the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's list of cultural resources considered worthy of preservation. In Tennessee, the staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission administers this program in coordination with the National Park Service. 

There are over 2000 entries in the National Register from Tennessee. Every county in the state has at least one entry. Types of properties listed in Tennessee include homes, businesses, schools, bridges, cemeteries, churches, boats, archaeological sites, and historic districts with many properties. Listed properties have importance in history, architecture, or archaeology.  Benefits of listing may be found here.

Listing Process

1.THC National Register staff will first evaluate whether a property appears to meet the requirements for listing. Interested people should complete an Information Packet. This packet will provide THC staff with information about the property’s history and how it has changed over time. The completed packet along with current photographs showing the entire property (landscape, all exterior sides of buildings, and all interior spaces) should be submitted to National Register staff. THC currently encourages digital submission due to COVID-19. Please contact National.Register@tn.gov with any questions on the Information Packet as well as the available digital submission options. THC staff can also provide the contact info for preservation planners throughout the state who may be able to assist with the packet. 

National Register staff will use the packet to evaluate whether the property appears to meet National Register requirements.

Properties that are found to be eligible for listing can proceed to Step 2.

2. Preparation of a National Register nomination

The next step is to prepare a formal National Register nomination. THC National Register staff will provide the current nomination form, instructions, and example nominations. Regional preservation planners may be able to assist with nomination preparation.

The completed nomination form and photographs should be returned to National Register staff. Staff will review the nomination and provide comments for revisions. Most drafts go through at least a few rounds of revision. Once complete, the nomination will be scheduled for the next possible State Review Board Meeting.

3. Review by the Tennessee State Review Board

The Tennessee State Review Board meets three times a year to review nominations. They generally meet in January, May, and September. The board is comprised of professionals in architecture, history, and archaeology. The board will review each completed nomination and vote on whether to approve the nomination.

4. Submission to the National Park Service

THC National Register staff submit approved nominations to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. The National Park Service has final say on whether a property is listed, rejected, or returned to THC for revisions.

When properties are successfully listed, property owners will receive a notification from the THC. Owners may choose to celebrate the listing with a plaque. The Tennessee Historical Commission does not endorse, authorize, recommend, or have any preference for one company over another.  We provide the list for your convenience.  You are not required to purchase a plaque.

All National Register inquiries and information packets should be emailed to National.Register@tn.gov.

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NEW: Most of Tennessee’s  National Register nominations are now available from the National Archives (NARA) https://catalog.archives.gov/id/20812721. The NARA versions usually have correspondence and maps available, where those on the National Register site do not. Most nominations submitted before 2015 are available. Any copies not on either of these sites can be obtained from our office.

January 26, 2022 State Review Board Meeting

The State Review Board will meet to examine 4 nominations proposed for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The board will also review proposals to remove 3 properties that have been demolished. Approved nominations and removal proposals will be forwarded to the National Park Service for final consideration. The meeting will be held at the Tennessee Historical Commission at 2941 Lebanon Pike, Nashville at 9 a.m. and virtually via WebEx. Links to the Agenda, Nominations, and Webex Access Information can be found below: 

Agenda

WebEx Access Information

Nominations:

Benevolent Cemetery, Rutherford County

Emory Place Historic District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation), Knox County

Georgetown Road (Trail of Tears Segment), Meigs County

Howell Nurseries, Knox County

Removals:

The Hibbettage, Davidson County

Newton Copeland Richards House, Shelby County

Sevierville Masonic Lodge, Sevier County

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021, STATE REVIEW BOARD MEETING    

The State Review Board met to examine 4 nominations  proposed for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Board also reviewed removing 6 properties that had been demolished.  The meeting was held at the Tennessee Historical Commission offices at 2941 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, and via WebEx.  

The State Review Board recommended approval of the 4 nominations and removal of the 6 demolished properties. The nominations and removals were forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.  The 4 nominations are now listed inthe National Register and the 6 demolished properties were removed from listing. A copy of the agenda and list of properties are available here.  Click on the images below to see the final version of the nominations that were listed.    

MAY 19, 2021, STATE REVIEW BOARD MEETING

On May, 19, 2021, the State Review Board met to examine 7 nominations proposed for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  The meeting was held via WebEx. The Board recommended that all properties were eligible for listing in the National Register.  The nominations were forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register and are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A copy of the agenda and list of properties are available here. Click on the images below to see draft nominations  for properties that were reviewed at the meeting.

JANUARY 27, 2021, STATE REVIEW BOARD MEETING

The State Review Board met to examine 7 nominations proposed for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Board approved 5 nominations.  The 5 nominations were submitted to the Keeper of the National Register for final review and are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Board deferred the Chuck Swan Fire Lookout Tower and Twinton Fire Lookout Tower so that additional information could be added to the nominations.   

A copy of the agenda and list of properties are available here. Click on the images below to see draft nominations  and the PowerPoint for properties that were reviewed at the meeting.

Contacts

Rebecca Schmitt

(615) 770-1086 

Rebecca.Schmitt@tn.gov  

 

Ethan Holden

(615) 770-1090

Ethan.Holden@tn.gov