National Register of Historic Places
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Description
Citation
Title: National Register of Historic Places
Originators: Matthew Stutts, National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Facility, GIS Specialst
Publication date: 20130601
Data type: vector digital data
Other citation details:
States, Tribes, Federal agencies, certified local governments and the general public have been nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places since its creation in 1966 with the National Historic Preservation Act. The National Register of Historic Places serves as national inventory of historically significant sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts. The inventory is growing annually with the addition of more properties determined eligible and is constantly being updated. Location information is collected with each nomination, however the accuracy and quality of this data changes over time.
Description
Abstract:
This feature class (CR or Cultural Resources point) describes properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, classified as historic buildings, and depicted as points. The National Register of Historic Places requires the submission a single coordinate pair for properties under 10 acres. Resources are identified as one of the following feature types: buildings, districts, objects, sites, and structures. A building, such as a house, barn, church, hotel, or similar construction, is created principally to shelter any form of human activity. A building may also be used to refer to a historically and functionally related unit, such as a courthouse and jail or a house and barn. Buildings include: houses, barns, stables, sheds, garages, courthouses, city halls, social halls, commercial buildings, libraries, factories, mills, train depots, stationary mobile homes, hotels, theaters, schools, stores and churches. A district possesses a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development. Districts include: college campuses, central business districts, residential areas, commercial areas, large forts, industrial complexes, civic centers, rural villages, canal systems, collections of habitation and limited activity sites, irrigation systems, large farms, ranches, estates, plantations, transportation networks and large landscaped parks. An object is a feature that is primarily artistic in nature or is relatively small in scale and simply constructed. Although an object may be, by nature or design moveable, an object is associated with a specific setting or environment. Objects include: sculpture, monuments, boundary markers, statuary and fountains. A site is the location of a significant event, a prehistoric or historic occupation or activities, or a building or structure, whether standing, ruined or vanished, where the location itself possess historic, cultural or archaeological value regardless of the value of any existing structure. Sites include: habitation sites, rock shelters, village sites, ceremonial sites, petroglyphs, gardens, grounds, battlefields, ruins of historic buildings and structures, campsites, areas of land, shipwrecks, cemeteries, designed landscapes, archaeological sites and landscapes having cultural significance. A structure is a building whose functional construction is made usually for purposes other than creating human shelter. Structures include: bridges, tunnels, gold dredges, fire towers, canals, turbines, dams, power plants, corncribs, silos, roadways, shot towers, windmills, grain elevators, kilns, mounds, cairns, palisade fortifications, earthworks, railroad grades, systems of roadways and paths, boats and ships, railroad locomotives and cars, telescopes, carousels, bandstands, gazebos and aircraft. Attribute data in this dataset are intentionally limited to those necessary for spatial data maintenance and feature level metadata necessary to document the lineage of the geography itself. 
Purpose:
The National Register of Historic Places is the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorized the National Register of Historic Places, expanding Federal recognition to historic properties of local and State significance. The National Park Service in the US Department of the Interior administers both programs. The National Historic Preservation Act authorizes State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs/THPOs) in each Tribe, State and Territory of the United States to nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places and to carry out other preservation activities. Federal Preservation Officers (FPOs) have been designated in Federal agencies to nominate Federal properties and to fulfill other responsibilities under the Act. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places possess historic significance and integrity and take the form of either a building, site, structure, object or district. Properties listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places must receive consideration based on the National Historic Preservation Act prior to any undertaking involving Federal monies. Additionally, properties listed on or eligible for the National Register may receive grants, tax credits and other benefits based on their status under the National Historic Preservation Act.
Supplemental information:
Since its inception in 1966, more than 88,000 properties have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and cataloged in the National Register Information System. Together these records hold information on more than 1.4 million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at the national, state, and local levels.  This dataset represents the historic buildings delineated as points (under 10 acres), stored in the National Register Information System.
Time Period of Data
Beginning date: 19660101
Ending date: 20131231
Currentness reference:
Data covers resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places between 1966 and the date of publication.
Status
Data status: In work
Update frequency: Irregular
Key Words
Theme:
Keywords: historic building, cultural resource, building, contributing resource
Keyword thesaurus: None
Theme:
Keywords: location, structure
Keyword thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Categories
Place:
Keywords: United States, United States Territories
Keyword thesaurus: None
Data Constraints and Credit
Access constraints:
This dataset represents the unrestricted historic sites delineated as points, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Some properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places with locations restricted for public release.  Restricted data is not included in this dataset and must be requested in writing to the National Park Service, National Register program.
Use constraints:
Locational accuracy varies depending upon how the locational data was originally recorded. The National Register of Historic Places requires the submission of a single coordinate pair for properties under 10 acres and a set of coordinate pairs representing a general bounding area for properties over 10 acres. Coordinate pairs are not checked for accuracy. Datum information is not collected related to the coordinate pairs. Users should consult the feature level metadata attributes to determine the appropriateness of the data for specific tasks. Release of locational information for cultural resources are subject to the provisions of Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act as Amended and Section (9)(a)(2) of the Archeological Resources Protection Act as Amended.
Point Of Contact
Organization: National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Facility
Person: Matthew Stutts
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: 202-354-2149
Address type: physical
Address:
1201 Eye St., NW
City: Washington
State or Province: DC
Postal code: 20005
County: USA
Security Information
Security classifiction system: none
Security classification: Unclassified
Security handling: none
Spatial Reference Information
Spatial Domain
Below are the western, eastern, northern, and southern geographic limits of data coverage.
Bounding Coordinates
In Unprojected coordinates (geographic)
Boundary Coordinate
West -177.350480 (latitude)
East 172.906387 (latitude)
North 71.297293 (longitude)
South -14.543028 (longitude)
Data Structure and Attribute Information
Name and Format
Data type: vector digital data
Native dataset environment: Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.3.1.4959
Overview
Entity and attribute overview:
Historic buildings are resources such as a house, barn, church, hotel or similar construction principally created to shelter any form of human activity.  Historic buildings may also refer to a historically and functionally related unit, such as a courthouse and jail or a house and barn.  These may be locations of a house, barn, stable, shed, garage, courthouse, city hall, social hall, commercial building, library, factory, mill, train depot, stationary mobile home, hotel, theater, school, store or church.  The attributes associated with the geography in this dataset represent the National Park Service cultural resource spatial data transfer standards and document the lineage of the geography itself.  No attributes describing the buildings or features themselves is included in this dataset.  Descriptive information is intended to link to the geography via the National Register reference number.
Direct spatial reference method: Vector
Attributes of nrhp_final
Description:
Historic buildings are a resource created principally to shelter any form of human activity, such as a house.  These resources would include features such as:  farmhouses, homesites, mansions, churches, museums (if the building is historic), courthouses, offices, prisons, train depots, etc.  Historic buildings most often function primarily as dwellings.  The point may represent the center of the building, an entrance, etc., while the polygon may represent the building footprint.
Source:
National Register of Historic Places
Attributes
OBJECTID
Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute values: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute definition source:
ESRI
SHAPE
Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute values: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute definition source:
ESRI
GEOM_ID
RESNAME
Definition:
OPTIONAL: Historic name, ethnographic name, or site name for the cultural resource.
Attribute values: Free text for entering the historic name, ethnographic name, or site name for the cultural resource.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
BND_TYPE
Definition:
MANDATORY: Description of the type of point drawn to represent each historic building.
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
Entrance point
Entrance point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Center point
Center point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Facade point
Facade point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Corner point
Corner point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Random point
Random point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Generalized point
Generalized point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Other point
Other point
Definition Source:
NPS Cultural Resources GIS Facility
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
BND_OTHER
Definition:
MANDITORY IF APPLICABLE: Other basis for plotting the point.
Attribute values: Free text for describing the basis for plotting the point.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
IS_EXTANT
Definition:
MANDATORY: Indicates if the historic building is extant.
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
TRUE
Building appears intact.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
FALSE
Nothing remains of the building.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Unknown
No estimate can be made.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Partial
Portion of the historic building remains intact.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Other
There are some other circumstances that may provide for a different assessment of extant. Indicate the basis in the text field "Extant_other"
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
EXTANT_OTH
Definition:
MANDATORY IF APPLICABLE:  Other extant assessment in terms relevant to the site
Attribute values: Free text for describing the extant assessment in terms relevant to the site
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
CONTRIBRES
Definition:
MANDATORY:  Flag field to indicate if the resource contributes to a larger district or landscape
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
Yes
The resource contributes to a historic district or landscape
Definition Source:
Cultural Resource Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
No
The resource is a non-contributing element in a larger historic district or landscape
Definition Source:
Cultural Resource Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Not Applicable
The resources does not contribute to a larger historic district or landscape, yet is historic or significant by itself
Definition Source:
Cultural Resource Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Unknown
It is not possible to determine whether the resource contributes to a larger historic district or landscape
Definition Source:
Cultural Resource Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resource Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
RESTRICT_
Definition:
MANDATORY:  The restriction status on the release of the locational data.
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
Unrestricted
No restrictions on the distribution of spatial data.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Restricted: No third party disclosure
Spatial data has limited distribution to only requestor.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Restricted: Originating agency concurrence
Originating agency must concurr before data is distributed.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Restricted: Affected cultural group concurrence
Affected or affiliated cultural group must concurr before data is distributed.
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Restricted: No release
Spatial data is not to be released
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
SOURCE
Definition:
MANDATORY: Document, GPS file, database table, or image from which the geometry was derived or digitized.
Attribute values: Free text for identifying the document, GPS file, database table, or image from which the geometry was derived or digitized.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
SRC_DATE
Definition:
MANDATORY: Date associated with the document, image, GPS file, or other data used to create the spatial data.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
SRC_SCALE
Definition:
MANDATORY: Original scale at which the cultural resource was mapped.
Attribute values: Free text for entering the scale denominator or other descriptor of the source scale.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
SRC_ACCU
Definition:
MANDATORY:  Level of horizontal accuracy at which the cultural resource was mapped.
Attribute values: Free text for identifying the level of horizontal accuracy at which the cultural resource was mapped.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
VERT_ERROR
Definition:
MANDATORY IF APPLICABLE:  An estimate of the measurement error in the vertical direction for 3-D geometries
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
Unknown
The amount of vertical error is not known
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
Not Applicable
Vertical data was not collected, therfore vertical error is not applicable
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
>10 meters
Vertical error is greater than 10 meters
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
>5 meters <=10 meters
Vertical error is greater than five meters but less than or equal to 10 meters
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
>1 meter <=5 meters
Vertical error is greater than one meter but less than or equal to five meters
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
>15 centimeters <=1 meter
Vertical error is greater than 15 centimeters but less than or equal to one meter
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
<= 15 centimeters
Vertical error is less than or equal to 15 centimeters
Definition Source:
NPS GIS Council
Attribute definition source:
NPS GIS Council
SRC_COORD
Definition:
MANDATORY: The original coordinate system the cultural resource was mapped.
Attribute values: Free text for identifying the original coordinate system the cultural resource was mapped.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
MAP_METHOD
Definition:
MANDATORY: Indicator of how the cultural resource spatial data was collected or created.
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
Differential GPS
Differential GPS
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Autonomous GPS
Autonomous GPS
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Digitized
Digitized
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Derived by XY event point or centroid generation
Derived by XY event point or centroid generation
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Geo-coded
Geo-coded
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Other
Other
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Total Station
Total Station
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Theodolite
Theodolite
Definition Source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
MAP_MTH_OT
Definition:
MANDATORY IF APPLICABLE:  Other basis for creating the spatial data
Attribute values: Free text for describing the basis for creating the spatial data for the cultural resource
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
CREATEDATE
Definition:
MANDATORY IF APPLICABLE:  Date the geometry was initially created
Attribute values: Date associated with the creation of the cultural resource spatial data
Attribute definition source:
NPS GIS Council
EDIT_DATE
Definition:
MANDATORY: Last date of edit or update to the spatial data or its feature class attribute table.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
EDIT_BY
Definition:
MANDATORY: Full name of the editor of the spatial data or its feature class attribute table.
Attribute values: Free text for entering the name of the editor and their instutional affiliation if applicable.
Attribute definition source:
Building Footprint Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
ORIGINATOR
Definition:
MANDATORY: Name or institution responsible for creating the cultural resource spatial data.
Attribute values: Free text for entering the name or institution responsible for creating the cultural resource spatial data and its associated feature class attribute table.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
CONSTRANT
Definition:
MANDATORY:  Statement on the appropriate use of the spatial data
Attribute values: Free text for specifying the appropriate use of the spatial data
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
CR_NOTES
Definition:
OPTIONAL: Comment regarding the particular feature or the spatial data associated with it.
Attribute values: Free text for entering a comment regarding the particular feature or the spatial data associated with it.
Attribute definition source:
Cultural Resources Subcommittee, NPS GIS Council
ALPHA_CODE
UNIT_CODEO
UNIT
UNIT_OTHER
UNIT_TYPE
GROUP_CODE
REG_CODE
META_MIDF
NRIS_Refnum
ADDRESS
STATE
COUNTY
CITY
VICINITY
CERT
CERTDATE
RETYPE
NUMCBLDG
NUMCSITE
NUMCSTRCT
NUMCOBJ
MULTNAME
CBLDG
CSite
CStruc
CObj
DOCUMENT
PHOTOS
SDTS Feature Description
Spatial data transfer standard (SDTS) terms
Feature class
Type: Entity point
Count: 66574
Data Distribution Information
General
Distribution liability:
Any records indicated with a restriction level other than "Unrestricted" must not be shared or distributed in any manner or format and the user must inform a point of contact immediately.
Distribution Point of Contact
Organization: National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Facility
Person: Matthew Stutts
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: 202-354-2149
Address type: physical
Address:
1201 Eye St., NW
City: Washington
State or Province: DC
Postal code: 20005
County: USA
Standard Order Process
Digital form:
Format name: FileGDB
Format version number: ArcGIS 10.0
Metadata Reference
Metadata Date
Last updated: 20170718
Metadata Point of Contact
Organization: National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Facility
Person: Deidre McCarthy
Position: Historian, GIS Specialist
Phone: 202-354-2141
Address type: physical
Address:
1201 Eye St., NW
City: Washington
State or Province: DC
Postal code: 20005
County: USA
Metadata Access
Access constraints:
Users should consult the feature level metadata attributes to determine the appropriateness of the data for specific tasks. Release of locational information for cultural resources are subject to the provisions of Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act as Amended and Section (9)(a)(2) of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act as Amended.
Use constraints:
There are no limitations on the use of the metadata
Metadata security information:
Classification: Unclassified
Metadata Standards
Standard name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Standard version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Time convention: local time
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