The Landmark Designation Committee reviews nominations according to the following criteria to determine the eligibility of a historic building or property.
- The structure or building possesses special historic, architectural, cultural, political, social or archaeological significance as part of the heritage of Jefferson County;
- It represents distinctive characteristics of a type, period, type of construction, or use of materials;
- It represents the work of a craftsman, master designer, architect or builder who is locally, regionally or nationally recognized;
- It is associated with or is the location of a significant local, state or national event;
- It is associated with the lives of a person or persons who have made significant historical contributions on a local, state or national level;
- It has yielded or may yield important archaeological, environmental or geographical information that enriches our understanding of history in Jefferson County;
- It is significant as the only or one of a few remaining example(s) of an architectural style or use, or it represents historical or cultural life style of the past; (Examples: a stage coach stop and/or buildings, or a one-room rural schoolhouse)
- It has a unique location, natural setting or physical characteristics that establish it as a familiar or recognizable visual feature to the area;
- It is associated with an antiquated use resulting from technological or social change; (Examples: mining, bridges, wagon or stage coach roads, railway beds, hitching posts, etc.)
- It is a monument, birthplace, cemetery or grave of a historic person or people representing a particular time or event in our history or culture; and
- It has already been designated on the National Register of Historic Places or the State Register of Historic Properties.
More About the Jefferson County Landmark Program
- The Landmark Program is a voluntary program
- The property owner must consent to nominate a Landmark
- 50% of the property owners must consent to nominate a District to the program
- All Landmark and District nominations must meet one or more designation criteria
- The Landmark Designation Committee reviews nominations and recommends approval or denial
- The JCHC authorizes the designation of the property after receiving a recommendation from the Landmark Designation Committee
- The property owner(s) receive a Certificate of Designation for their Landmark or District
- Alteration or demolition of an Historic Landmark or District may affect its status in the program
Nominate a Landmark
You may submit nominations throughout the year, but nominations received by June 1 can be reviewed and, if approved, included in the annual magazine. Download landmark nomination form (PDF).
Full details on the Landmark Program are in the Landmark Program Policies (PDF).