Written by: Peter Melnycky, Historian, Historic Resources Management Branch
Editor’s note: Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts developed with municipalities in mind who either have or are considering undertaking Municipal Historic Resource designation. This series is intended to serve as a refresher on how to evaluate sites, develop Statements of Significance, determine periods of significance and develop Statements of Integrity.
For more information, please review the “Creating a Future” manuals available here or contact Rebecca Goodenough, Manager, Historic Places Research and Designation at email@example.com or 780-431-2309.
In our first post, we will be discussing how to determine if a historic place is eligible for designation.
Historic resources include structures, buildings, landscape and archaeological features, all of which can be considered for protection by a municipality. Under the Historical Resources Act, municipalities have the ability to designate historic resources under a bylaw to ensure their protection.
In order to be considered for protection as a Municipal Historic Resource, a site needs to:
- Be an eligible resource type
- Possess historical significance
- Have sufficient material integrity
If a site meets all three of these of these criteria, it can be considered for Municipal Historic Resource designation.