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Historically designated properties in your neighborhood:

Local Designation


Both individual properties and groups of properties in an area can become a historic districts. The intent of local historic designation is to preserve the property in perpetuity. After a property is placed in the local register of historic districts, all exterior changes are reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. This is to protect the property from inappropriate changes that harm its historic character. Even when an owner sells a designated property, it maintains its historic status. A designated property cannot be demolished without either the approval of the Historic Preservation Commission or by the owner proving that it cannot earn a reasonable return on its value.

Is Your Neighborhood a Local Historic District?

How to Apply

If you are a home owner or represent a neighborhood association, learn how to designate properties under local designation.

Conservation Districts


Conservation districts offer a less restrictive alternative to full local historic districts in which all exterior changes are reviewed by the Commission. A Conservation District is intended to slow radical change in a neighborhood by reviewing only major events like demolition and new construction.

In comparison, a historic district regulates all exterior changes and best serves districts with high architectural integrity. Often a Conservation District is appropriate when there is significant development pressure or when the inventory of buildings to be protected is historic but not individually of high or unique architectural value.

Is Your Neighborhood a Conservation District?

How to Apply

If you represent a neighborhood association, learn how to designate properties under local designation.

National or State Designation


The National Register of Historic Places Places recognizes properties the federal government considers worthy of preservation because of their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.

In Indiana, National Register listings range from the prehistoric Angel Mounds in Vanderburgh County to a mid-twentieth-century neighborhood in Carmel. The list includes private homes and courthouses, commercial buildings and factories-to date nearly 2,000 individual sites and more than 270 historic districts.

A program of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register is administered on the state level by the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The primary benefit of listing in the National Register is the honor conferred by official federal recognition. When a site is added, the listing appears in the Federal Register, and the owner receives a letter and certificate.

Find properties designation on a state or national level

Find properties in the 2001 Bloomington History Survey that have been designated on a state or national level. Search the survey

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Information in Preserving your Neighborhood