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Historic Registers Guidance and Training Materials

The Word documents, PowerPoints, and PDFs below offer guidance for people or organizations interested in nominating a historic individual property or district in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Any questions about this material should be directed to Lena McDonald, historian and coordinator with DHR’s Register Program. She can be reached by phone at (804) 482-6439.

The Whats and Whys of the Register Program:

  • The Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places: DHR’s Register Program; Benefits of
    Listing; and Evaluating a Property for Historic Designation
    : An overview presentation of the Register programs and DHR’s role in administering them, benefits of Register listing, and a summary of how to evaluate if a property is eligible for the Registers. See a PDF or a PowerPoint.
  • A Brief Sketch of Historic Preservation in AmericaA timeline of major milestones in the American historic preservation movement.
  • Facts Regarding Designation of National Register Historic Districts by Virginia Department of Historic Resources: A DHR handout that answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Register designation and how historic boundaries are selected.
  • Board Meetings National Register Information: Explains the roles of the Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board in reviewing and approving nominations to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Historic Districts in Virginia: An overview of the four different types of historic districts that can be found in Virginia: local, National Historic Landmark, National Register, and Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) districts. Particular emphasis is placed on National Register and VLR districts, as the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) is responsible for administering these two programs. PDF or PowerPoint
  • Comparison Chart of Four Types of Historic Districts in Virginia: Provides a simple at-a-glance breakdown of how the four types of historic districts differ from, and are similar to one another.

For Owners of Historic Properties

Designed by architect Haig Jamgochian in 1962, the Markel Building, an aluminum structure in Richmond, was inspired by a baked potato wrapped in foil. Each floor consists of a single piece of 555-foot aluminum. Jamgochian personally sledge-hammered the crinkles into the 3rd floor. (Photo: Eli Pousson/WikiMedia Commons)

Technical Guidance—How to Prepare Nominations 
Step by Step:

The 29 Diner (formerly the Tasty 29 Diner), City of Fairfax, was constructed and moved to its site in 1947. DHR listed it in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. (Photo: Marc Wagner/DHR)

Evaluating Eligibility for the Registers

Helpful Web Links on This Site and Beyond

New Dominion Virginia Initiative

New Dominion (Architectural) Virginia Style Guide

National Register Publications  (NPS Website)

Updated November 14, 2022