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About the Ohio Historic Inventory

What Is the Ohio Historic Inventory?
The inventory program was developed to serve as an accurate and continuing record of the architectural and historic properties currently existing in the state. The Ohio Historic Inventory is used to record basic information on historic properties in Ohio. Since 1974, over 90,000 historic properties have been entered into the records of the Ohio Historic Inventory.

Who Uses the Ohio Historic Inventory Form and What Is It Used For?
The Ohio Historic Inventory is used by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office staff, by various state, local, and federal agencies, and by the general public for making land-use planning, urban development, and road-improvement decisions. In addition, the inventory serves as an official archive and body of information for researchers and property owners.

How Is the Form Set Up?
The Ohio Historic Inventory Form consists of a single page, two-sided questionnaire that gives a complete but succinct description and history of a building, site, structure, or object. The form is divided into six basic categories: Identification, Location, Background, Architectural Data, Additional Information, and Photographic Documentation. The form is printed on archival paper.

Where Can I Get the Form?
Ohio Historic Inventory forms can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

New! Click here to learn about IForm, the Internet-based application developed by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society to facilitate the completion and submission of Ohio Historic Inventory and Ohio Archaeological Inventory forms online.

What Does the Form Do?

  • The Ohio Historic Inventory form provides a brief description of the location, background,and architecture of a building, site, structure, or object of architectural or historical significance.
  • The Ohio Historic Inventory form is an important reference for organizing community preservation efforts and can be used as a guide for safeguarding the historical and architectural resources of Ohio.
  • The Ohio Historic Inventory form serves as an important data base for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office's computerization efforts.
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What Doesn't the Form Do?

  • The Ohio Historic Inventory form does not automatically nominate or indicate acceptance of a property to the National Register of Historic Places, though it may serve to bring an eligible property to the attention of local and state governing bodies.
  • The Ohio Historic Inventory is not intended to be the complete story on a given property; it is an inventory. The pertinent information should be necessarily brief and condensed, hence the need for accurate and informative documentation.
  • The Ohio Historic Inventory is not a form of protection for a historic resource, nor does it provide property owners with a list of do's and don'ts.
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If you are planning on filling out an Ohio Historic Inventory Form or thinking of conducting a survey, you may first want to consult the Ohio Historic Preservation Office Survey and National Register Manager.

How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory, a publication of the Ohio Historical Society features illustrated chapters on identifying Ohio archtectural styles and building types, a visual glossary of architectural and structural terms and instructions for recording properties on Ohio Historic Inventory forms. Click here to order this publication.

The following additional publications may also be helpful:

Blumenson, John J.-G., Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945 . Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1977.

Gordon, Stephen C., How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory. Columbus: The Ohio Historical Society, 1992.

McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

Noble, Allen G., Wood, Brick and Stone: The North American Settlement Landscape, 2 vols., Amherst, MA. The University of Massachusetts Press, 1984.

Poppeliers, John, and S. Allen Chambert, Jr., What Style Is It? A Guide to American Architecture, Hoboken, New Jersey, John Wiley and Son, Inc., 2003.

Whiffen, Marcus. American Architecture Since 1780: A Guide to the Styles, Cambridge: The M.I.T. Press, 1969; rev. ed. 1992.

For more information about the Ohio Historic Inventory contact the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.


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