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The Who's Who to Know in Historic Preservation

In conjunction with SOHO, San Diegans are offered a variety of historic preservation services on the state and national levels.

California Office of Historic Preservation
The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) appointed by the Governor administer both the state and federal historic preservation programs and carry out a wide range of activities that encourage the preservation of cultural remains of our past.

The first step in the preservation process is the identification of historic, architectural, and archeological resources. Locally sponsored historic resource inventories, coordinated through OHP, and the California Archeological Resource Survey, administered through the Information Centers, contribute to a comprehensive statewide inventory.

Likewise, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) may require that significant historical resources be identified and considered during the local or state planning process. OHP assists this important preservation effort through the regional Information Centers and the comprehensive inventory program. The responsibility for compliance, however, lies at the local level.

OHP administers the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), in California. The National Register of Historic Places has formed the basis for the federal program since 1966.

OHP provides forms and guidelines; consults with local governments, community organizations, and property owners; advises people preparing nominations; and reviews certification applications. Contact: State Office of Preservation, Department of Parks and Recreation, PO Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296-0001; (916) 653-6624.

State Historical Resources Commission
The State Historical Resources Commission is a state review board with professional and public members appointed by the Governor. The Commission reviews applications for listing historic properties on The National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, and for designation as State Historical Landmarks and State Points of Historical Interest. Commission recommendations for National Register nominations are forwarded with the SHPO's concurrence to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington D.C., and for state designation to the Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation in Sacramento. Contact: OHP.

State Historical Building Safety Board
Located within the Office of the State Architect, the State Historical Building Safety Board is composed of representatives of the building design professions and state and local officials. It is authorized to advise and consult with local building officials regarding use of the alternative State Historic Building Code when reviewing the rehabilitation of historic properties. Contact: State Historical Building Safety Board, Office of the State Architect, 1130 K Street, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 445-7627.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Trust) is a private, nonprofit membership organization chartered in 1949 by Congress to preserve historically significant properties and to encourage public participation in the preservation of buildings, sites, objects, and maritime property important in American history and culture. The National Trust's services include providing advisory and technical assistance to private preservation organizations, collecting and exchanging information on successful preservation projects, providing guidance to new preservation programs and groups, and carrying out special projects to further preservation of target areas. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Trust also operates six regional offices throughout the country. Contract: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Western Regional Office, One Sutter Street, Suite 707, San Francisco, CA 94104; (415) 956-0610.

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) administers grants awarded to the state offices of historic preservation for the implementation of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended. In addition, the National Register of Historic Places, Interagency Archeological Service, the Historic American Buildings Survey, the Historic American Engineering Record, and the Historic Preservation Fund grants to Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives are programs managed by NPS. Contact: National Park Service, Western Region, Division of National Register Programs, 600 Harrison Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107-1372; (415) 744-3988.

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
A State Historic Preservation Officer is appointed by the Governor in each state, territory, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and is in charge of historic preservation activities at the state level. The NCSHPO is a nonprofit organization consisting of all State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO's). It was formed to help SHPO's exchange information and promote their common interests. It meets periodically to examine issues of concern and foster a unified approach to historic preservation among the states and territories. Contact: National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Hall of the States, Suite 342, 444 North Capitol Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001-1512; (202) 624-5464.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
An independent agency of the Federal Government, this council was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It advises the President and Congress on matters pertaining to the preservation of historic, archeological, architectural, and cultural properties. The council has 19 members appointed by the President. Contact: Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Western Office of Project Review, 730 Simms Street, Room 490, Golden, CO 80401; (303) 231-5320.

Information compiled from the Office of Historic Preservation, California Department of Parks & Recreation.

2001 - Volume 32, Issue 4

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