Local, State, and Federal Nominations
The research, documentation, and designation of properties to local, state, and national historic registers acknowledges the significance of a resource and increases public awareness of an area’s heritage. ARG has successfully nominated numerous properties for historic designation for a range of clients, including the National Park Service, local governments, and private property owners. Recent work includes property designations on the National Historic Landmarks list, the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historical Resources, and local historic registers.
Portland African American MPD and Billy Webb Elks Lodge National Register Nomination, Portland, OR
ARG worked with the City of Portland and local volunteers to complete National Register Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) chronicling resources associated with Portland’s African American community from 1851 to 1973. ARG subsequently used the MPD to complete a National Register Nomination for the Billy Webb Elks Lodge, a building that has held prominence within Portland’s African American community for generations. Constructed in 1926 for the segregated, African American chapter of the local Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCA), the building served as a meeting place for many local African American social groups and advocacy groups (including the NAACP) during a time when few local venues were available to people of color.
Bayview Opera House, National Register Nomination, San Francisco, CA
ARG prepared a National Register nomination for the Bayview Opera House, which was built in 1888 by South San Francisco Masonic Lodge No. 212. The building is significant for its Victorian architecture and as a theater that survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
Swedenborgian Church, National Historic Landmark Nomination, San Francisco, CA
ARG prepared a National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination for the Swedenborgian Church property, a carefully landscaped, three-building ecclesiastical complex in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood.
California Club, National Register Nomination, Los Angeles, CA
ARG was contracted to write a National Register nomination for the California Club in downtown Los Angeles, with the purpose of attaining further recognition among the club’s members of the significance of the building in the life and history of the club.
Photography by Architectural Resources Group.