CRITERION C: DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

National Register Bulletin 15 states "Properties may be eligible for the National Register if they 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.

"This criterion applies to properties significant for their physical design or construction, including such elements as architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and artwork. To be eligible under Criterion C, a property must meet at least one of the following requirements:

    Embody distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction.

    Represent the work of a master.

    Possess high artistic value.

    Represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction.

"The first requirement, that properties "embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction," refers to the way in which a property was conceived, designed, or fabricated by a people or culture in past periods of history. "The work of a master" refers to the technical or aesthetic achievements of an architect or craftsman. 'High artistic values' concerns the expression of aesthetic ideals or preferences and applies to aesthetic achievement."

For examples and more information about Criteria C click here.


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