§ 1435-07-1. Becoming a Historic Structure; Determination of Historic Significance  


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  • (a) For purposes of this Chapter 1435, a structure or group of structures may be deemed as having Historic Significance if it has at least one of the following attributes:

    (1) Association with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or

    (2) Association with the lives of persons significant in our past; or

    (3) Embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, method of construction or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or

    (4) That has yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.

    (b) For purposes of this Chapter 1435, a structure or group of structures may not be deemed as having Historic Significance solely because it is:

    (1) A cemetery, birthplace, grave of a historical figure or a property owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes, unless it is a religious property deriving primary significance from architectural or artistic distinction or historical importance; or

    (2) A structure that has been moved from its original location, is a reconstructed historic structure, is a property primarily commemorative in nature or a property that has been erected within the past 50 years, unless the structure or property is an integral part of a district that meets the above criteria or falls within one or more of the following categories:

    (A) A structure removed from its original location but that is significant primarily for architectural value or that is the surviving structure most importantly associated with a historic person or event; or

    (B) A birthplace or grave of a historical figure of outstanding importance if there is no other appropriate site or structure directly associated with the subject's productive life; or

    (C) A cemetery that derives its primary significance from graves of persons of transcendent importance, from age, from distinctive design features, or from association with historic events; or

    (D) A reconstructed structure when accurately executed in a suitable environment and presented in a dignified manner as part of a restoration master plan and when no other structure with the same association has survived; or

    (E) A property primarily commemorative in intent if design, age, tradition or symbolic value has invested it with its own historical significance; or

    (F) A property achieving significance within the past 50 years if it is of exceptional importance or is unique within the city.

(Ordained by Ord. No. 217-2012, § 1, eff. July 20, 2012)