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New York State & National Register of Historic Places

Project Description

The City of Rome is applying for New York State and National Listing on the Register of Historic Places for several historically important properties.  If successful, the listing would provide additional funding resources to protect and enhance the local Historic and Scenic Preservation District and surrounding historic homes not included in the local district, as well as provide further financial resources for capital improvements for building-owners within the boundary.

The project consultant has assisted the City of Rome in assessing the existing district, and is working with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation on identifying contributing structures that would be worthy of nomination, and identify additional properties that are not currently known as historic resources.

If adopted, the registry would give property owners an important financial tool to assist in home maintenance and improvement of registered properties.

Project Background

As the City of American History, Rome has a long history of recognizing, supporting, and preserving places of local historical significance. The local Historic and Scenic Preservation District, which will not be altered as part of this project, has long been a useful tool in using local law to maintain the integrity of important historic buildings.

 

In addition to Rome’s local historic district, the State and National Register of Historic Places has already helped preserve and protect historically significant structures within the City, including the Gansevoort-Bellamy Historic District, the Arsenal House, Jervis Public Library, Rome Elks Lodge, and others.

Proposed Boundary Map - 2024

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Check out this video from NY State Parks!

The State & National Registers are a recognized and visible component of public and private planning. The registers promote heritage tourism, economic development and appreciation of historic resources. Benefits include:

  • Official recognition that a property is significant to the nation, the state or the local community;

  • Eligibility to apply for the state homeowner tax credit and/or the state and federal commercial historic rehabilitation tax credits;

  • Eligibility (not-for-profit organizations and municipalities only) to apply for New York State historic preservation grants. Other grants, also requiring listing, may be available through other public and private sources;

  • Properties that meet the criteria for registers listing receive a measure of protection from state and federal undertakings regardless of their listing status. State and federal agencies must consult with the SHPO to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to listed or eligible properties. 

Benefits of Historic Preservation
Courtesy of NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Project Timeline

April-June '24

City outreach to property owners in proposed district, including a public meeting

September '24

State Review Board Meeting

July '24

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) sends out notification letters to property owners in proposed district

Post Meeting (TBD)

  • SHPO sends second letter to notify owners & officials

  • District is listed on National Register (approximately two months after submission)

  • SHPO sends third letters

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