36 CFR 65.4 - National Historic Landmark criteria.

§ 65.4 National Historic Landmark criteria.
The criteria applied to evaluate properties for possible designation as National Historic Landmarks or possible determination of eligibility for National Historic Landmark designation are listed below. These criteria shall be used by NPS in the preparation, review and evaluation of National Historic Landmark studies. They shall be used by the Advisory Board in reviewing National Historic Landmark studies and preparing recommendations to the Secretary. Properties shall be designated National Historic Landmarks only if they are nationally significant. Although assessments of national significance should reflect both public perceptions and professional judgments, the evaluations of properties being considered for landmark designation are undertaken by professionals, including historians, architectural historians, archeologists and anthropologists familiar with the broad range of the nation's resources and historical themes. The criteria applied by these specialists to potential landmarks do not define significance nor set a rigid standard for quality. Rather, the criteria establish the qualitative framework in which a comparative professional analysis of national significance can occur. The final decision on whether a property possesses national significance is made by the Secretary on the basis of documentation including the comments and recommendations of the public who participate in the designation process.
(a) Specific Criteria of National Significance: The quality of national significance is ascribed to districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States in history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture and that possess a high degree of integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association, and:
(1) That are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to, and are identified with, or that outstandingly represent, the broad national patterns of United States history and from which an understanding and appreciation of those patterns may be gained; or
(2) That are associated importantly with the lives of persons nationally significant in the history of the United States; or
(3) That represent some great idea or ideal of the American people; or
(4) That embody the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type specimen exceptionally valuable for a study of a period, style or method of construction, or that represent a significant, distinctive and exceptional entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
(5) That are composed of integral parts of the environment not sufficiently significant by reason of historical association or artistic merit to warrant individual recognition but collectively compose an entity of exceptional historical or artistic significance, or outstandingly commemorate or illustrate a way of life or culture; or
(6) That have yielded or may be likely to yield information of major scientific importance by revealing new cultures, or by shedding light upon periods of occupation over large areas of the United States. Such sites are those which have yielded, or which may reasonably be expected to yield, data affecting theories, concepts and ideas to a major degree.
(b) Ordinarily, cemeteries, birthplaces, graves of historical figures, properties owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes, structures that have been moved from their original locations, reconstructed historic buildings and properties that have achieved significance within the past 50 years are not eligible for designation. Such properties, however, will qualify if they fall within the following categories:
(1) A religious property deriving its primary national significance from architectural or artistic distinction or historical importance; or
(2) A building or structure removed from its original location but which is nationally significant primarily for its architectural merit, or for association with persons or events of transcendent importance in the nation's history and the association consequential; or
(3) A site of a building or structure no longer standing but the person or event associated with it is of transcendent importance in the nation's history and the association consequential; or
(4) A birthplace, grave or burial if it is of a historical figure of transcendent national significance and no other appropriate site, building or structure directly associated with the productive life of that person exists; or
(5) A cemetery that derives its primary national significance from graves of persons of transcendent importance, or from an exceptionally distinctive design or from an exceptionally significant event; or
(6) A reconstructed building or ensemble of buildings of extraordinary national significance when accurately executed in a suitable environment and presented in a dignified manner as part of a restoration master plan, and when no other buildings or structures with the same association have survived; or
(7) A property primarily commemorative in intent if design, age, tradition, or symbolic value has invested it with its own national historical significance; or
(8) A property achieving national significance within the past 50 years if it is of extraordinary national importance.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION

§ 461 - Declaration of national policy

§ 462 - Administration by Secretary of the Interior; powers and duties enumerated

§ 463 - National Park System Advisory Board

§ 464 - Cooperation with governmental and private agencies

§ 465 - Jurisdiction of States in acquired lands

§ 466 - Requirement for specific authorization

§ 467 - Conflict of laws

§ 467a - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

§ 467b - Survey by Secretary of the Interior of sites for commemoration of former Presidents of the United States

§ 468 - National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States; creation; purpose

§ 468a - Principal office of National Trust Commission

§ 468b - Administration of National Trust; composition of board of trustees; terms of office; compensation; expenses

§ 468c - Powers and duties of National Trust

§ 468d - Consultation with Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings, and Monuments

§ 468e - Repealed.

§ 469 - Preservation of historical and archeological data threatened by dam construction or alterations of terrain

§ 469a - Notice of dam construction to be given Secretary of the Interior by United States agencies

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

§ 469b - Administration; contracts or agreements; services of experts, consultants, or organizations; acceptance of funds

§ 469c - Assistance to Secretary of the Interior by Federal agencies responsible for construction projects; authorization of appropriations

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

§ 469d - Ice Age National Scientific Reserve; statement of purpose

§ 469e - Plan for continental glaciation

§ 469f - Repealed.

§ 469g - Ice Age National Scientific Reserve; recommendations for Federal and State participation in financing public facilities and services

§ 469h - Comprehensive plan for Reserve Development

§ 469i - Repealed.

§ 469j - Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

§ 469k - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § -

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.

§ 469m - Women’s Rights National Historical Park

§ 469n - Preserve America Program

16 U.S. Code § -

§ 470 - Short title; Congressional finding and declaration of policy

16 U.S. Code § 460b, 460c - Repealed.