Monday, July 11, 2016

Is a Building Historical? How Can We Determine?

Well, the State of Florida has a database of every historical structure and district in the state.

The Florida Master Site File is the State of Florida's official inventory of historical, cultural resources.

Categories of resources recorded at the Site File include:
  • Archaeological sites
  • Historical structures
  • Historical cemeteries
  • Historical bridges
  • Historic districts, landscapes and linear features
The Site File also maintains copies of archaeological and historical survey reports and other manuscripts relevant to history and historic preservation in Florida. The Site File currently holds information on more than 200,000 cultural resources and copies of over 22,000 manuscripts. Site File staff are available to assist citizens, government agencies and historic preservation professionals in performing searches and obtaining information from our inventory.

http://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/master-site-file/

The master files also list districts that are historical.

The master files are DIRECTLY REFERENCED in the Pensacola Land Development Code.

So when was the last time Pensacola was updated?

2004 after Ivan.

So if a District is not included or a building is not included, it is subject to normal rules and regulations.

Maybe its time to have the survey updated to include other districts or buildings?

As an aside, is it not strange its not online to search in 2016 but you have to ask for manual help?
History hoarders?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do a public records request for the maps of historic structures that my intern Dustine Emerson did for his internship project while he was there. Impressive data analysis is an understatement.

It will prove they have the maps and just don't use them. Dustine made them in GIS; they were intended to be added to the City's online mapping service so that there was a current, searchable map.

Elizabeth Schrey, AICP

Anonymous said...


"Historical" has different meanings to different people. Is Gladys Presley's home in Tupelo, Mississippi historical? Then there is the rigid definition of "historical" that is assigned by government agencies, often for the purpose of preserving or rehabilitating neighborhoods. Old East Hill was a slum until it was assigned the historical status, while "New" East Hill was doing quite well on its own. Are the homes on the west side of 9th Avenue any more historical than the homes on the east side of 9th Avenue?

Having a government agency regulate your "historical" property may not be something that thrills a lot of property owners. On the positive side, however, are the historic tax credits that may be available for renovation work. Unfortunately, Florida is the ONLY nearby state that does not offer a 20% historic tax credit which can be added to the 20% federal credit for a whopping 40% tax credit! It is a truly great program that faces being cut every year.

Anonymous said...

Surely don't ask Rebecca in planning. Clueless! She is too busy losing grants and funding for the City. I was told she now works in the City Administrator's office. Uhmmm, interesting. She suddenly gets a $10,000 raise and moved to 7th floor. Meanwhile, other employees work for a solid year without getting hired as a permanent employee. The Economic Policy Coordinator earns $70k a year, yet brings NOTHING or added value to the city. I guess hatchback boy needed some eye candy.