Historic Designation

Protecting Historically Significant Properties
The City of Eugene uses several tools for designating and protecting properties of historic significance. These include:
  • Listing as a City of Eugene Historic Landmark
  • Listing in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Listing in the S-H Historic Zoning District
City of Eugene Historic Landmark
Designation as a city landmark recognizes a building, structure, object, landscape, or district as significant to Eugene's history and worthy of protection. City landmark properties are eligible for low interest rehabilitation loans from the City.

The National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the national register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Historic Zoning
The S-H Historic Zoning designation is used selectively to help ensure the conservation of historic properties in Eugene. The S-H Historic overlay designation allows greater flexibility with allowable uses and development standards for the property, with a goal of finding a use that is compatible with the historic character of the property that will help ensure its continued productive use.

An example of this is a professional office in a historic house in a residential district where such an office would not normally be permitted. Before a property can receive the S-H Historic zoning designation it must first be designated as a city landmark or be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Download the Historic Designation Application.

In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the national register results in benefits for historic properties

Land Use Applications for Historic Designation/Removal/Move/Demolition/Atleration