We are in the midst of a fight with our State Historic Preservation Office. I would like to look at about 20 noncontributing structures in our current National Register Historic District for a potential change in status to contributing. Many of these structures were initially surveyed over 15 years ago and listed as noncontributing due to age (under 50 years old). I have personally never agreed that 50 years is a rule, I think of it more as a guideline, but that is not what our SHPO generally thinks. What I need are some professional resources to help with changing the status of these structures to become contributing structures
We have hired a firm to help us with this, but I would like to bring some great resources to the table. Many of them are over 50 years old now and would qualify based on the "rule" but our SHPO is giving us a hard time over it because basically they don't want to let us 'expand' our district due to the non-traditional way we manage our district. The non-traditional way we manage our district has won state preservation awards, so we do not plan on changing that anytime soon. I have been on the NR Publications website, and can't seem to find what I am looking for, but maybe I am missing something?