State Historic Preservation Office

Lapham-Patterson House
The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for implementing the national preservation program in Georgia. The division works in partnership with federal and state agencies, local governments, preservation organizations, community groups, and individuals to achieve a greater appreciation and use of historic buildings, districts, and archaeological sites in the context of everyday life. Working at the state level, the division is able to bring together national, regional, and local preservation interests to support community and economic development goals throughout Georgia. The division particularly encourages regional and local planning, neighborhood conservation, downtown revitalization, economic development, African American preservation, heritage tourism, and archaeological site protection.
Each state's historic preservation office receives financial assistance through the Historic Preservation Fund of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and provides matching state funds to carry out the nation's preservation partnership. The National Park Service establishes broad policies, programs, and standards for state and local participation in the national program. Such preservation incentives as the National Register of Historic Places, tax credits, and grants, as well as compliance requirements, established through the Historic Preservation Act and other federal legislation, encourage preservation activity. States enact programs and services that complement the national program and address the special character and needs of their state. In Georgia the state legislature mandates a number of specific preservation programs, such as a state property-tax freeze, rehabilitation grants, archaeology protection, and stewardship of state-owned buildings that provide additional services and incentives for the preservation of historic properties throughout Georgia.
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Further Reading
Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, From the Ground Up: A Preservation Plan for Georgia, 2001-2006 (Atlanta: Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 2001).

Joni Leithe and Patricia Tigue, Profiting from the Past: The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Georgia (Atlanta: Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 1999).

Elizabeth A. Lyon, guest editor, "Historic Preservation in Georgia on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the State Historic Preservation Office, 1969-1999," Georgia Historical Quarterly 83 (spring 1999).

Society for Georgia Archaeology, Early Georgia (Athens: Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia), published semiannually.
Cite This Article
Griffith, Carole. "State Historic Preservation Office." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 02 January 2019. Web. 17 September 2020.
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