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July 24, 2015

The National Historic Preservation Act turns 50 in 2016 and to celebrate, we want to recognize Oregon’s historic buildings!

Oregon has over 2,000 individual properties – buildings, sites, even trails, bridges and statues – listed in the National Register. The National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, is the nation’s official list of places deemed worthy of preservation for their importance to American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Does your building have an important birthday in 2016 too? The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is inviting property owners whose buildings will be 100 years old, 150 years old, or even 50 years old to consider nominating their property for listing in the National Register in 2016. It takes about a year to list a property after a nomination is submitted to this office. For a property owner, the advantages of listing a building in the National Register include eligibility for tax credit programs, greater eligibility for grants, and leniency in application of the building code.

Get in on the celebration! Contact Tracy Zeller (tracy.zeller@oregon.gov, (503) 986-0690) at the State Historic Preservation Office to find out whether your property may be eligible for listing in the National Register and for more details.

The W. S. Gilbert House in Milwaukee will turn 100 years old in 2016. This house is eligible for listing in the National Register for its association with Reverend Gilbert, who served as a military chaplain in the Philippines, Mexico and France, for which he was decorated with the Croix de Guerre. The house is also important as an excellent example of the Arts and Crafts style, designed by renowned architect Ellis F. Lawrence.

The W. S. Gilbert House in Milwaukee will turn 100 years old in 2016. This house is eligible for listing in the National Register for its association with Reverend Gilbert, who served as a military chaplain in the Philippines, Mexico and France, for which he was decorated with the Croix de Guerre. The house is also important as an excellent example of the Arts and Crafts style, designed by renowned architect Ellis F. Lawrence.

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