Carver County Historical Society

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

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Carver County Historic Places on the National Register

There are currently 172 National Register properties in Carver County. View the list »

For more information about Carver County historic sites, and personal help, please contact Wendy at the Carver County Historical Society at 952-442-4234 or


Architectural Style Guides

Style guides are essential to identifying the character-defining features of historic periods in American architecture. Many bookstores carry a variety of books and magazines on historic buildings and their styles. Tech Talk has a summary of architectural styles in Minnesota.

Do It Yourself

Popular periodicals include the Old House Journal and This Old House magazine.

Continuing Education

Some professional organizations such as the Minnesota Society of the American Institute of Architects offer courses for continuing education credits. The SHPO's annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference offers continuing education credits to AIA members.

Building Products

The monthly publication Traditional Building contains one of the most comprehensive listings of building products for historic properties. For a directory of suppliers and products, go to their web site.

National Park Service

Technical Preservation Services offers a wealth of online information and tutorials on historic buildings and their preservation. The site includes the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

State Historic Preservation Office

The SHPO administers the federal and state rehabilitation tax credit programs for income-producing historic properties. SHPO's Preservation Specialists Directory is searchable by specialty and keyword. The SHPO also provides technical advice on many preservation-related issues.

Heritage Preservation Commissions and Historical Societies

Most HPCs offer design guidance to owners of designated properties that have been locally designated as significant. County and local historical societies have photographs and other historical sources in their collections that may assist building restoration.

Courtesy of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Minnesota Historical Society: