The National Register of Historic Places
is the U.S. Federal Government’s list of districts or properties
recognized as “worthy of preservation.” To be eligible,
properties must be at least 50 years old and retain their basic historic
integrity. In addition, the entity must meet one of four criteria: it
must be associated with a broad pattern of history; associated with the
life of a historically significant person or persons; possess architectural
merit; and/or have the potential to yield important historical information.
Some people believe that a National Register designation
encumbers or restricts their right to manage their home or property in
the way they choose. That is not true. In fact, an NR listing does not
even prevent a property owner from remodelling, repairing, altering, selling
or even demolishing a property. Nor does it obligate the property owner
to make repairs or improvements. However (in addition to raising awareness
and pride) a listing can make a property or district eligible for Federal
tax incentives, such as an investment tax credit for certified rehabilitation,
and it sometimes is a prerequisite for funding from non-profit organizations,
such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Cleveland Heights has a wonderful array of structures and
districts that have been placed on the National Register. Please click
on any of the links below to explore the architectural and historical
legacy of our town.