I'm working with a small-town historical preservation group to get a grant to preserve and display their old, now defunct, USFS Ranger Station cabin. I'm primarily burying my nose in archives and old newspapers to do the historical research, but the group is curious about whether or not they should also apply to be listed by the NRHP, and I agreed to help them out. Any pertinent anecdotal experiences or anything you could share about your own knowledge of the NRHP? Any advice or strong opinions on the matter?
I've already set up a meeting with someone on the Town Planning board of a larger city, she's agreed to detail her own experiences and impressions. I've also spent a lot of time perusing the NRHP website trying to pin down what exactly designation can do for a place.
I have also read the Wikipedia article a few times.
It seems to me that listing with the National Register could
sorta kinda help the building not be demolished, and could
make it eligible for tax credits, like how joining the National Honor Society could
make you more eligible for jobs or scholarships, but doesn't actually do
anything in particular.
My questions for ya'll: Whats the quick and dirty and the cut and dry of applying to list a building with the National Register? Also, is there different/other/better lists and registers I should look into as alternatives?
BONUS POINTS: The wikipedia article
, 3rd paragraph down says "The application of those criteria has been the subject of criticism by academics of history and preservation, as well as the public and politicians," but doesn't have a citation. Any thoughts, mefites?