The Ultimate Historic District Quiz

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About This Quiz

The process of qualifying as a historical district is quite complicated. Knowing how your community may or may not benefit from this designation may be important information for property owners. Take this quiz to see how much you know about historic districts.

How many historic districts are there in the U.S.?

The U.S. is home to more than 2,300 historic districts.

Where was the first U.S. historic district?

Formed in 1931, Charleston, South Carolina was the first designated historical district.

Who overseas the Charleston historical district?

The Board of Architectural Review was established to oversea the historical district.

To be on the National Register of Historic Places, how old must a property be?

To have a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, usually the property must be more than 50 years old.

Where is the largest historical district?

Encompassing 9,774 acres, the State of Montana is home to the largest historical district.

Where is Mollytown?

Mollytown is a fictional neighborhood located in a U.S. Southern town.

What type of professional may be qualified to serve on a State Review Board to determine the significance of a property?

Historians, architects and archaeologists would be well qualified to serve on a State Review Board.

What is a legal benefit of being on the National Register of Historic Places?

Owners of these properties may gain from federal tax benefits and from federal grants for some preservation expenses.

What types of properties comprise Skagway, Alaska's historic district?

Skagway is home to gold rush era properties.

Why would a property owner need a certificate of appropriateness?

This certificate may be needed to approve any work done on a property located in a historical district.

Which act created the National Register of Historic Places?

In 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act created the National Register of Historic Places.

Who holds the real power over properties on the National Register of Historic Places?

The local historic districts have the most legal protections.

How many categories of properties are eligible for placement on the National Register of Historic Places?

There are five categories: buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts.

To be on the National Register a property must be:

A property must be significant, among other criteria.

Whom should you contact if you would like your property to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places?

Contact your state historic preservation officer. The National Park Services Web site has a listing for every state.

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