Architectural Preservation Information

Homeowners
Homeowners seeking to restore or renovate older homes will find a wealth of resources available through World Wide Web connections. In addition to the links below, homeowners may want to peruse commercial sites. The Faribault Heritage Preservation Commission does not endorse any vendor or site, but a search with the keywords “old house(s)” is a good place to start.

Some homeowners may occupy houses eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Generally, eligible homes are at least 50 years old and are without significant exterior alterations. They must also be architecturally significant, be associated with a significant individual, or be associated with significant events, activities or historic patterns. National Register listing does not restrict a homeowner from making changes to the home, assuming no federal funds are involved. More information about the National Register is available from the Faribault HPC (call 507-334-2222) or the State Historic Preservation Office (http://nrhp.mnhs.org/faq.html).


Businesses
The City of Faribault Heritage Preservation Commission offers support and information to the owners of commercial historic properties, including those located within the Downtown Historic District. Business owners are encouraged to maintain, restore, renovate, and recycle buildings of historic significance. The Faribault HPC reviews building projects within the Historic District to assure that they meet guidelines established preserve and enhance the historic character of the District. An informational publication about these guidelines, the design review process and financial incentives for building owners may be obtained from the HPC for a small fee (call 507-334-2222).


Links
Minnesota Historical Society (www.mnhs.org)
This site provides information on Minnesota’s historic sites, a menu of MHS departments and services and, via the library link, suggestions for researching house history.

Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (www.mnhs.org/preserve)
SHPO oversees programs which identify, evaluate, and protect Minnesota's important historic and archaeological resources. The site includes information on SHPO’s survey and planning efforts, contacts for technical assistance for home and business owners, and on-line public information publications.

Minnesota’s National Register Properties (nrhp.mnhs.org)
This site offers thematic tours of significant Minnesota properties and information about National Register properties in the state.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (mnpreservation.org)
PAM is a statewide, private, non-profit organization advocating the preservation of Minnesota's historic resources. The site provides information on preservation tax incentives, preservation funding resources, and preservation materials and service vendors in Minnesota. It also offers links to numerous state and national resources.

National Trust for Historic Preservation (nationaltrust.org)
This private, non-profit organization works to preserve historic buildings and landscapes. The site has links to National Trust properties and programs, and includes information for owners of historic homes.

PreserveNet (preservenet.cornell.edu)
This site contains comprehensive lists of professional and informational sites related to historic preservation. Informational categories include economics, education, employment, legal information, and preservation awards.

National Park Service (http://www.preservenet.cornell.edu)
The National Park Service maintains Links to the Past, a comprehensive information about cultural resources, including the National Register of Historic Places, preservation tax credits, and technical preservation publications. Unfortunately, Park Service links have been shut down by a federal lawsuit. This link will become active when the suit is resolved.

City of Faribault: http://www.ci.faribault.mn.us

Faribault Chamber of Commerce: http://www.faribaultmn.org

   

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