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National Register of Historic Places From Tennessee

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. Three times a year, the State Review Board meets to recommend properties for listing in the National Register.

>>> Click for more, including recent register listings and registration forms

Federal Preservation Grants

The Tennessee Historical Commission awards federally funded grants for historic preservation projects. The amount of funds available each year is decided when Congress passes the annual budget and could be in the range of $400,000 to be divided appropriately. The grants are matching grants and will pay up to 60% of the cost of approved project work. The remaining 40% must be provided by the grantee as matching funds.

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Investment Tax Credit Program

Over the past twenty-five years, more than 29,000 buildings have been rehabilitated across the country, generating over $25 billion in private investment in historic buildings nation-wide. In Tennessee, buildings of almost every type imaginable have benefited from the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program, from B&Bs and hotels and shotgun houses to large-scale business developments. 750 buildings in Tennessee have been rehabilitated using the ITC program, generating over $500 million investment in Tennessee’s historic buildings.

>>> Click to learn how to qualify and for more information

Section 106 Review: Revised 36 CFR Part 800 Regulation

The Tennessee Historical Commission is responsible for consultation with agencies, applicants, and interested persons relative to the Section 106 review process. The following links will provide you with information which we hope you find helpful as you proceed through Section 106 review.

>>> Click for information you may find useful as you proceed through Section 106 review

Local Government Assistance

The Tennessee Historical Commission assists local communities who have established or wish to establish local historic preservation programs. The Local Government coordinator can provide assistance in writing historic zoning ordinances, conducting public meetings, establishing historic districts and design guidelines, and in becoming a Certified Local Government.

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Survey of Historic Properties

A county-by-county map of Tennessee showing which counties have been surveyed and which have been partially surveyed.

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Tennessee's Plan for Historic Preservation

As the state agency primarily responsible for the stewardship of historic resources in the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Historical Commission has taken the lead in efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for historic preservation in the state. The development of such a plan is a requirement of the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the provisions of which are carried out in Tennessee by the Historical Commission.

>>> Click for more information, including Tennessee's Comprehensive Plan for Historic Preservation