What benefit is it to the homeowner to become designated?
Historic designation entitles an owner to a variety of programs to encourage the preservation of significant historical resources.
These range from incentives to promote sensitive historical rehabilitation by offering some relief from building and zoning codes, and an ad valorem tax exemption for qualifying improvements to historic structures.
More information on these programs is available from Sarasota County Historical Resources.
The Director of Historical Resources is also authorized to install an official plaque to identify designated historical resources.
How do you identify a home's potential for historic designation?
Generally, structures need to be at least fifty years old for historic designation, and they must possess historical integrity, i.e. the ability to relate their historical significance through their physical appearance.
Additionally, resources must be associated with a significant historical events or figures, or associated with a defined historical context, embody the distinctive characteristics of an architectural style or method of construction, or be able to yield information important in history or pre-history.
How do you designate a historic resource?
A site, building, structure, object, or even a district can be historically designated on the local or national levels.
The federal listing of historic buildings is called the National Register of Historic Places.
Application for the National Register are available online at www.nps.gov.
In Sarasota County, historic designations are conferred by the city of Sarasota, city of Venice, or Sarasota County.