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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Indiana Historic Register

Today the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board met at the Indiana Government Center. At that meeting the Horner House, shown on the application as the Horner-Terrill House, was approved to be placed on the Indiana State Register! Our application will be passed on to the National Register for their approval as well. We should hear from them in about two months.
We are very thankful for Indiana Landmarks and their dedication in getting our application completed and filed. Below is more detailed information on the State Register and the Review Board. Hooray for all of Indiana's Historic Places!
 "The Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures (State Register) was created by an act of the Indiana General Assembly in 1981. The DHPA administers the State Register. All properties on the National Register are automatically listed on the State Register. However, a number of properties are listed on the State Register only. The criteria for listing properties on the State Register are virtually the same as the National Register criteria. Listing properties on the State Register protects historic places from state-funded construction projects." - Taken from the Indiana DNR webiste at, a PDF titled, "Properties on the State List Only"
 "The Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board is the committee that makes decisions on a number of preservation-related issues and provides public oversight to the programmatic and regulatory activities of the DHPA. For example, the Board officially nominates Indiana properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Once the Board approves an application and it is signed by the State Historic Preservation Officer, it is a “nomination” that can be sent to Washington to be considered by the Keeper of the Register. The Board also approves funding recommendations for the federal matching grant program, and considers applications for certificates of approval for state-funded projects that will alter, demolish, or remove historic properties.

The Board members are appointed by the governor for three-year terms. Five members are appointed for their expertise in either archaeology, architecture, architectural history, or history. The Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Indiana’s SHPO, serves as the Board’s Chair. The Board also includes and benefits from the DHPA division director and three citizen members whose interest and activities in historic preservation have gained recognition." Taken from the Indiana DNR website page at on preservation boards.  has many resources on historic properties in Indiana.



  1. I'm just there some significance to the house that it's being placed on the Historic Site? I mean, is it just an old house? What are the qualifications to being on the list?

    1. There are 4 different criteria it can fall under. Ours came under "C". Here is the list:

      "A. That are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or

      B. That are associated with the lives of significant persons in or past; or

      C. That embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or

      D. That have yielded or may be likely to yield, information important in history or prehistory."

      I borrowed that directly from the National Parks Service. Hope this helps!