Information on the National Register of Historic Places


national register of historic places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of our country’s historic buildings, districts, sites, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. It was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is overseen by the National Park Service. The National Register recognizes more than 90,000 properties for their significance in American history, architecture, art, archeology, engineering, and culture.

GSA takes great pride in its historic buildings, comprising approximately one-third of the agency’s owned real estate inventory. Since 2010, more than 100 GSA-owned buildings have been added to the National Register. The process is ongoing, with nominations prepared and submitted to the National Register as worthy properties are identified. Listing historic properties in the National Register encourages their preservation and marks them as important touchstones of our shared heritage.

GSA’s national historic preservation program, comprised of the Center for Historic Buildings and regional historic preservation offices, plays an active role in nominating, preserving, protecting, and enhancing the viability of GSA’s historic buildings.

GSA Historic Properties in the National Register of Historic Places

Here is a small sampling of GSA-owned historic buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York, NY
  • U.S. Tax Court Building, Washington DC
  • William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse, Seattle, WA
  • U.S. Courthouse, Natchez, MS

What is the National Register of Historic Places?

Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

What We Do

Historic Places
  • Review nominations that Americans believe are worthy of preservation submitted by states, tribes, and other federal agencies and list eligible properties in the National Register
  • Offer guidance on evaluating, documenting, and listing different types of historic places through the National Register Bulletin series and other publications
  • Help qualified historic properties receive preservation benefits and incentives

Fast Facts

  • The more than 96,000 properties listed (as of the end of 2020) in the National Register represent 1.8 million contributing resources – buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects
  • Almost every county in the United States has at least one place listed in the National Register
  • Listing in the National Register is the first step towards eligibility for National Park Service-administered federal preservation tax credits that have leveraged more than $45 billion in private investment and National Park Service grant programs like Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

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