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Programs > Properties Listed in NH and How Eligibility is Determined

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What properties in New Hampshire are listed on the National Register?

Manchester SchoolAs of June 15, 2006 there are 701 listings on the National Register in New Hampshire that break down into 531 listings for buildings, 106 listings for districts, 15 listings for sites, and 48 listings for structures. Each one of these listings may represent more then one building, site, structure, or object and districts can contain a large number of resources all under one listing. Overall, there are 4,282 buildings, 263 sites, 248 structures, and 118 objects listed to the National Register in New Hampshire. National Register nomination forms are available for review at our office. A list sorted by town can be found here:

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The National Park Service has a searchable database for National Register listings. The Park Service database can be accessed at http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov.

How is a property determined to be eligible?

Properties listed on the National Register are evaluated and found significant within an historic context that relates to one or more of the following criteria:

  • An event, or series of events, activities, or patterns of an area’s development (Criterion A)
  • Association with the life of an important person (Criterion B)
  • A building form, style, engineering technique, or artistic value. (Criterion C)
  • Information Potential (Criterion D)

Properties listed on the National Register must also retain sufficient integrity to merit listing. Integrity is evaluated under the following categories:


There are also Criteria Considerations, property types that are considered not eligible for the National Register unless they meet certain consideration. They are:

  • The Rocks, BethlehemReligious properties (Criteria Consideration A)
  • Moved properties (Criteria Consideration B)
  • Birthplaces or graves (Criteria Consideration C)
  • Cemeteries (Criteria Consideration D)
  • Reconstructed Properties (Criteria Consideration E)
  • Commemorative Properties (Criteria Consideration F)
  • Properties that Have Achieved Significance Within the Past Fifty Years (Criteria Consideration G)

Keep in mind that it is not impossible to list one of the property types that fall under the criteria considerations listed above if that property types meets certain requirements that allow it to be considered eligible for the National Register. If you have a property you would like to see listed on the National Register, please feel free to call the National Register Coordinator to discuss it.

For a full explanation of criteria, integrity, and the criteria considerations and how they apply to nominating a property to the National Register, please take a look at Bulletin 15A “How to Apply The National Register Criteria” at www.nps.gov/history/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb15/.

Who determines if my property is listed?

SHRCThe Division of Historical Resources, New Hampshire’s State Historic Preservation Office, is the first step in determining if a property might be eligible for the National Register. Assuming that the property owner desires and or consents to the listing, the National Register Coordinator reviews all nomination drafts and provides comments to applicants until the nomination is ready for the next step in the process. Once ready to move forward, the New Hampshire State Historical Review Council meets quarterly, reviews all nominations, and votes to approve them for submission to the National Park Service and the Keeper of the Register. Property owners are notified before this meeting and given the means to object to the listing if they choose. Once the nomination is approved by the Review Board it is sent to the Keeper of the Register in Washington, DC. It is the Keeper who has the final decision if a property is listed to the National Register or not.

I want to learn more about this program, is there an online resource I can turn to?

There are a variety of publications and bulletins that help define the public’s understanding of the National Register program. For a general overview of the program, please take a look at www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/brochure/ and www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/myproperty/ . For a list of all publications on the National Register, please log onto www.nps.gov/nr/publications/.


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