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The City of Greenville Historic Resource Survey follows the guidelines developed by the SHPO for the collection of architectural information within specified areas in the city limits that have not been previously inventoried. For this project, we will collect information on buildings constructed before 1975, including architectural form and style, historic materials and features and dates of construction and alteration. That information will become part of the SHPO's statewide database for historic resources. To learn more about the SHPO’s statewide survey program, visit http://shpo.sc.gov/programs/Pages/Survey.aspx.
The information collected will focus on the building’s architecture, including building type and form, historic details, materials on exterior walls, configuration of porches, types of windows, etc. The process is outlined in the SHPO Survey Manual.
Local governments can adopt a historic preservation zoning ordinance, which enables them to designate properties of historical or architectural significance. The ordinance protects historic properties by requiring approval before property owners can build, demolish or make alterations within designated areas.
For more information, visit http://shpo.sc.gov/pubs/Documents/htln2-13.pdf.
Recent studies in South Carolina found that local historic district status increases property values. Visit http://shpo.sc.gov/pubs/Documents/hdgoodforpocketbook.pdf to learn more.
Owners of properties located in the City’s existing historic preservation overlay districts must adhere to certain guidelines and follow a process when considering changes to their property. Visit http://www.greenvillesc.gov/documentcenter/view/176 to view the guidelines.
A national perspective is available at http://www.preserveamerica.gov/docs/economic-impacts-of-historic-preservation-study.pdf.
A great place to begin is the State Historic Preservation Office website: shpo.sc.gov. The National Park Service also has a list of frequently asked questions about the National Register of Historic Places: https://www.nps.gov/nr/faq.htm#modify.