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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2015

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

Meeting to discuss downtown Portsmouth’s National Register nomination: Sept. 28

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is holding a second public meeting to provide information about the proposed National Register of Historic Places nomination for downtown Portsmouth. The meeting will take place on Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m., in the Levenson Community Meeting Room at Portsmouth Public Library.

The meeting will present information about the National Register, the district’s proposed boundaries, and what benefits the potential listing will provide for property owners. The nomination is being prepared as mitigation for the adverse effect of the loss of the historic Memorial Bridge.

A downtown historic district in Portsmouth previously had been recognized as National Register-eligible by federal and state agencies. After a comprehensive review, properties within the downtown area that meet National Register standards have been included in the nomination, which must be approved by the National Park Service in order for official National Register status to be given.

Listing on the National Register is a different type of historical designation than local historic districting and it offers additional benefits for property owners. Some of the benefits of being listed to the National Register include being eligible to apply to preservation grant programs such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and Conservation License Plate (“Moose Plate”) grants. Projects that repair commercial buildings listed on the National Register and that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings are potentially eligible for a 20 percent tax credit. Listing on the National Register places no restrictions on what repairs can be made to a historic building.

Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.

For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire and the Portsmouth nomination, please visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at 603-271-3483.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

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