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Supplementary Manual for Nominations to State and National Register of Historic Places

Wisconsin Nomination Procedures

What happens once I submit my nomination?

The nomination is reviewed by the Division of Historic Preservation. It is important that the nomination be accurate, technically correct, and meet State Register and National Register of Historic Places criteria. If substantial revisions are necessary, the nomination will be returned to the preparer. If at any step in the process the required changes are not made, the property does not meet the criteria, or further revisions are necessary, the nomination will be returned to the preparer for further action. Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed until all materials are received.

  1. Once the nomination has been received by the Division of Historic Preservation, the preparer is notified.
  2. The nomination is reviewed by the Division of Historic Preservation using the State Register and National Register criteria. The preparer will be notified of any revisions needed.
  3. The preparer makes revisions and returns the document to the Division of Historic Preservation.
  4. The final revised nomination is reviewed.
  5. If accepted, the nomination is scheduled for the next available Historic Preservation Review Board meeting and the preparer is notified. Nominations are scheduled in the order of their receipt. Priority will be given to nominations of threatened properties.
  6. The preparer develops a presentation that will be presented to the board.

When does the Historic Preservation Review Board meet?

The Review Board has quarterly meetings that typically meet on the third Friday of February, May, August, and November of each year. Meetings may be held in a location outside of Madison.

What happens at the Historic Preservation Review Board meeting?

Board members read all nominations prior to the Review Board meeting, so they are already familiar with the property. The nomination preparer presents a brief oral abstract of the nomination to the board. Following discussion, the board will approve the nomination, defer judgment, or reject it.

It is recommended that presenters follow the presentation guidelines to ensure the best presentation.

The board may have questions about the nomination. It is important that the preparer or a knowledgeable representative be at the meeting to answer them. Often, minor points of discussion can be settled if someone familiar with the nominated property is present. Unresolved issues can cause deferral and the nomination will have to be resubmitted to the board at a later date.

If the board requires changes to the nomination and defers it, the preparer is responsible for making the revisions and resubmitting the form. If the preparer is not present to hear the concerns of the board members, making the proper changes will be difficult and the nomination my face further delays.

If the nomination is approved, it will be listed in the State Register. The nomination then goes to Washington, D.C., for final approval and listing in the National Register.

Questions

For questions regarding the preparation of a nomination form, contact the Division of Historic Preservation and Public History at 608-264-6498 to get your questions answered over the phone or to make an appointment to speak with someone in person.

Location

Division of Historic Preservation and Public History
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street, Room 305
Madison, WI 53706

The Society is located on the Library Mall at the south end of the University of Wisconsin campus. The entrance faces the fountain.

The closest parking lot is the State Street Campus Ramp. It is located on Frances and Lake streets. See the City of Madison website for current rate information. Many city lots and downtown metered street parking become filled by midmorning, especially during special events.


 

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