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Callahan, B. (2018) The Historic Preservation Program in Lincoln, Nebraska and Nomination of the South Bottoms Neighborhood as a Landmark District in Lincoln, Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Across the nation, thousands of historic properties are preserved, protected, and visited each year. These historic properties and historic preservation programs work to highlight historically significant places, by not only recognizing the past, but also by working to protect the significant sites into the future so they will continue to serve as reminders and examples of the historical events that have made it notable. Currently, the Historic Preservation Program in Lincoln, Nebraska recognizes over 1,400 properties as Local Landmark Sites or Districts within Lancaster County. Through this locally organized program, these properties receive a greater level of protection and financial relief opportunities by being designated within the program.
This document focuses on Lincoln’s Historic Preservation Program, with an analysis regarding how the program began, operates, and continues to protect thousands of properties within Lancaster County. Data collection regarding these properties within the program was collected for further analysis and understanding of the program’s impacts and size today. This document details the benefits and enacted guidelines found in the nomination of a property, giving examples of previously nominated local sites and districts, and how the program assisted the continuing use of designated properties.
Finally, an application for the proposed nomination of a local neighborhood is completed and can be utilized as an example for how the Historic Preservation Program approves and designates new local landmark sites and districts within the county. This application serves as a visual guide for the required items and research that must be conducted to fulfill a local landmark district application for Lincoln’s Historic Preservation Program.
Professional Project Advisory Committee: Professor Gordon Scholz, Chair Professor Rodrigo Cantarero Professor Daniel Piatkowski