What is a Historic Resources Survey?

A historic resources survey is the process of identifying historic properties within the boundaries of a specific geographical area, documenting their location and physical characteristics and evaluating their significance within an appropriate historical context. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the SC Department of Archives & History uses survey information to identify properties eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and the City of Greenville's Historic Resources Survey is part of their statewide effort. The City of Greenville Historic Resource Survey follows the guidelines developed by the SHPO for the collection of architectural information within specified areas in the city limits that have not been previously inventoried. For this project, we will collect information on buildings constructed before 1975, including architectural form and style, historic materials and features and dates of construction and alteration. That information will become part of the SHPO's statewide database for historic resources. To learn more about the SHPO’s statewide survey program, visit https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation.

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1. What is a Historic Resources Survey?
2. What will I see happening in my neighborhood during the survey?
3. What type of information will be gathered about my property?
4. How will this affect the owners of properties determined to be historic?
5. What is the difference between national and local historic designation?
6. Will the survey cause owners’ property taxes to increase?
7. Will the survey affect owners’ ability to modify, rehab and/or demolish their property?
8. What are the benefits of historic designation?
9. How can I learn more about Historic Resources and this process?
10. Whom do I contact for more information?