historical building marker program
Historic Building Marker Project
The City of Eden Historic Preservation Commission, in conjunction with Eden Tourism Development, is in the process of developing a Historic Building Marker Program. The Preservation Commission and Tourism Development developed the program as a way to promote historic tourism in the area.
The purpose of the program is to recognize and identify historic or architecturally significant buildings in the community in order to make the public aware of the importance of these structures to the history of the City.
The marker program will also award good stewardship of these structures, since the historical integrity of the buildings must be maintained or well restored in order to qualify. Selected buildings will be marked with a bronze plaque listing the year of construction of the original building as well as the names of the original and current owners, where possible.
The Historic Preservation Commission and Eden Tourism Development have developed the criteria for selection into the program. The initial focus will be on commercial properties in all areas of the City. Property owners of potential properties in these areas will be contacted to determine their interest in participating in the program.
Criteria for selection of the properties to be designated are as follows:
- The building must a contributing structure located in a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or in a locally designated historic district, or be individually listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places;
- The building must be at least 75 years old, or if listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 50 years old;
- The building must be researched and the original owner and construction date must be documented by the Eden Historic Preservation Commission staff;
- The building’s exterior must be restored or properly maintained in accordance with its historical style and character;
- All changes and alterations to the building’s exterior must be consistent with its historic architectural style and character;
- In the event that the building has been moved from its original site, it must retain a sense of its historic architectural style and integrity;
- All restoration and rehabilitation work to the building must generally conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings;
- The plaques cost $200 each. The owner or occupant must agree to pay half the cost of the plaque.