Today I attended a meeting of the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board to listen to 9 National Register Nominations come up for a vote. It was the second meeting I’ve been to just because they are open to the public and the topic interests me. If you have never been to the one for your state, and it may be called something other than a Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board, I definitely recommend it. You don’t have to be the author of a nomination to go, nor do you need to speak. You do get to learn about a variety of historic properties, and see interior photos that you wouldn’t otherwise. A lot of good discussion is created as well about integrity, broad patterns of history, architecture, and archaeological potential. These meetings also provide an interesting glimpse into how state committees operate, which is interesting to see in itself.
Here are the 9 properties up that were discussed today. If I managed to find an article about their nominations, then I’ve linked it to the property name. The first four sites are linked to the same article.
St. Aloysius Orphanage in Cincinnati
Franklin Hotel in Kent
Bell Covered Bridge in Vincent, Washington County
Have you ever been to a Preservation Board meeting? Have you ever written a National Register Nomination? Share your experiences in the comments below.