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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Interior
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Interior
Dekalb County, IN

Having a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places does not guarantee its survival indefinitely. Rather, the National Register is predominantly honorary; however it is also a means to financial assistance and protection for the resource.

Listing a historic resource in the National Register provides an honorary certification for a property. This status presents an opportunity for the property owner, local government or history-related organization to market the resource or community in such a way that it takes advantage of the historic background. Such an approach can be used for heritage tourism—traveling or vacationing to historic sites to specifically learn about history.

Listing DOES:
    • Give a property prestige and publicity
    • Permit the owners of income-producing properties to use investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation
    • Allow owners of certain publicly owned or publicly accessible, non-income-producing properties to apply for federal rehabilitation grants
Listing DOES NOT:
    • Prevent private owners from altering their property
      Restrict the use or sale of the property
    • Establish certain times that the property must be open to the public

Having a property designated eligible for the National Register provides a level of protection from federally-funded projects such as road widenings and cell tower construction.

If a property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, different funding sources may be available. In most cases, such listing determines whether a property is eligible for Historic Preservation Fund Grants or Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

All structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places can be found in our online database "SHAARD." To find a property and its application, just look in SHAARD.

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