National Register of Historical Places Nomination

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. Once listed, there are opportunities for eligibility towards National Park Service-administered federal preservation tax credits.

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The City of Petaluma has nine sites listed with the National Register with the earliest listing in 1984. Three of which are listed as city landmarks, and one is also a state landmark. Click here to view the city’s historic places on a map.

  • Adobe
  • Silk Mill
  • Philip Sweed House
  • Ellis-Martin House
  • Opera House
  • Free Public Library
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Historic Commercial District
  • Petaluma Women's Club
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With a city filled with history, there are many historic resources to nominate at a local, state, and federal level. Let’s take a closer look into our city and consider the potential growth in our historic resources. Read here to familiarize with a Landmark designation process. Continue reading below to review the nomination process to the National Register of Historic Places.


Contact City of Petaluma’s planning and historic preservation staff for a preliminary discussion for a site’s eligibility for the National Register.  We can assist your research and communications with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). More information is located here.

Link: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation

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A Certified Local Government (CLG) Program is the official preservation partnership connecting local, state, and Federal governments to help communities save their irreplaceable historic resources. Through the certification process, communities make a local commitment to historic preservation. The benefits for being recognized as a CLG with the National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) would be available support in funding, technical assistance, and maintaining a viable community.  The City of Petaluma is in the process of a CLG application with the California Office of Historic Preservation and is noted as one of the city’s fiscal year 2021-2022 priorities. More information will soon be available.

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